Techcrunch v Gootube : that's funny on many levels

Youtube lawyers have sent a "cease & desist" letter to Mike Arrington at Techcrunch as a consequence of a utility on the Techcrunch site that allows people download YouTube videos to their hard drives. Its not the only such utility that exists but I guess Techcrunch is more high profile than many. This is Mike's note on the matter, including a copy of the legal letter.

This is almost like the paparatzi relationship with celebs - when they're starting out they are desperate for attention from the media; then when they get the fame they crave, suddenly they demand their privacy and complain about press intrusion into the very same situations (parties, events) that formerly they begged for attention at.

Its also ironic that YouTube accuses Mike of copyright infringement. Love it.

posted by John Wilson @ 7:04 PM Permanent Link newsvine reddit


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