YouTube Habits Watch

StudiedOut
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Have you ever watched something that you shouldn't have, uploaded content that wasn't yours? A US court has ruled that Google must hand over user data for everyone that has ever watched any video on YouTube! That includes log-ins, computer IP addresses and clip details, scary stuff. Full news story here

Are you happy to have your details handed over like this?


Edits: corrected link, sorry bout that!
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(Original post by StudiedOut)
Full news story here
Mobile Phone Unlocking Clips?? Huh?

A proper link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7488009.stm

Personally, I think it's ridiculous.
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so if its a US court does it still affect us in the UK?
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I think it seems a little over the top and uncalled for. But I havent got anything to hide so whatever
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I am no expert on legal matters but I imagine that as YouTube is a US company as is it's parent Google, that they will have to hand over site data which will account for worldwide users.

Correct me if I am wrong, it would not be a bad thing to be wrong about!
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Well, they'll have millions of names to look through.

Lucky them
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It shouldn't be the users' fault. Youtube are the ones who show the illegal material.
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Every single person? are they actually going to look at them all? Its the biggest invasion of privacy ever!
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"The UK's Premier League association is also seeking class action status with Viacom on the issue, alledging YouTube has been used to watch football highlights."

Ahahaha. But really, a batch of UserIDs and IP addresses isn't really much to worry about.
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I don't think I've watched anything I shouldn't have on YouTube... apart from clips of films/TV shows that were taken down for copyright. Not the full thing was uploaded, just, you know, "key" scenes or funny moments, compilations, etc.

The only 2 videos I've uploaded are videos of my Granddad back when he was boxing (he was British Middleweight Champion ;D).
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I read this earlier. I think it's a outrageous invasion of privacy, but I don't really care about it myself, I've done nothing wrong :p:
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Well if Google agrees to do this and give over the details, for the UK, I will care, but in today's world of Big Brother and lack of privacy it is expected.

What are the odds of somebody being prosecuted for watching half a minute of something that shouldn't be there. It's not as if it's bestiality porn or something that is hurting people?

These stupid bloody production companies should make their content more widely available through Youtube themselves and that way everybody will be happy. Viacom will be getting views (but not money, greedy ********) and the viewers will still be getting the content. In a world where there are no limits on what you can do with video and the internet I think the attitude of these companies comes down to greed.
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No, they won't look through every person individually, lol. That's ridiculous.

Rather, they'll be looking at patterns of viewing - trying to prove that copyright-protected clips are far more popular than other clips. And then the only lawsuits issued will be aimed at Google itself - and not us for watching episodes of Family Guy online...
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Surely if you are not a member or anything you have entered into no contract with the site to NOT watch that stuff. And so its all there fault.

Load of *******s anyway, what would they really so with all those IP's and stuff anyway
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(Original post by cherrybella1)
I think it seems a little over the top and uncalled for. But I havent got anything to hide so whatever
The latter half of that statement brings chills to my spine; that people can say that it is over the top, but will then concede that 'only wrong-doers need fear'.

I think we all need to be worried about this invasion of privacy, and rather than saying it's over-the-top, we need to look at this for the travesty that it is.
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I don't think anyone will be prosecuted for watching. It's different to downloading TV shows and movies from torrent sites as most users will come across the videos without knowing it's not supposed to be on there. If anyone is prosecuted it will be the people uploading the stuff, and among those it will be the ones who upload lots. Google's defence is that they remove copyrighted material quickly which is true. Also why just YouTube? There are loads of video sharing websites. Of course, we all know going after the biggest means more potential money in the case and more publicity. There are probably video sharing sites out there with a much software attitude to copyrighted material but a case there would be worse less.
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(Original post by BlackpoolCraig)
The latter half of that statement brings chills to my spine; that people can say that it is over the top, but will then concede that 'only wrong-doers need fear'.

I think we all need to be worried about this invasion of privacy, and rather than saying it's over-the-top, we need to look at this for the travesty that it is.
Its not really a massive invasion of privacy, its not as if their going through your knicker drawer really is it. I just think its over the top in the sense that surely they've got better things to be doing than going through millions of usernames thats might have been watching/uploading illegal material. I wouldnt really be bothered even if I had done any of that, I cant see anyone actually being prosecuted for watching the odd clip that shouldnt have been on youtube. I suppose at the end of the day their doing it with good intentions in mind, I doubt the courts are actually interested in the slightest that dave from grimsby has been watching illegal teletubbies clips etc, just the fact that illegal clips have been uploaded and are being watched when they shouldnt be!
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The ruling will see the viewing habits of millions of YouTube users given to Viacom, totalling more than 12 terabytes of data.
*Waits for Google to send truckloads of paper to Viacom* :p:
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(Original post by dh00001)
so if its a US court does it still affect us in the UK?
The UK is the US's 52nd *****, of course it effects the united kingdom and big brother is watching more than ever.
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Google is an American company. When you access web servers in another country you are under their law, not ours.
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