John Kramer wrote:Tavish wrote:Google has the power to block anything they want for sure. But AFAIK they have never chosen to use it other than instances where they were bound by law to block a video (not sure if it has ever been used to block a specific uploader). Megaupload has the "right" because Google has granted it to them (and everyone else). Megaupload has used that right to upload a promotional video for their company.
Google has also given content owners the "right" to remove videos they own. UMG (according to Google) overstepped this "right" by removing something they did not own. That is the reason for the uproar. Not so much that Google removed the video, but that UMG even requested that it be removed.
Oh, I'm positive that specific uploaders have been banned from uploading content.
One thing to remember, the party that grants "rights", also has the power to take those "rights" away at their discretion. In this case, if Google wanted to take the "right" away that they gave Megaupload, they can. Like I said, I'm sure it has happened tons of times already.
I guess I worded that poorly. There are definitely some accounts that Google has disabled, typically for repeat violations of the site's terms of service. But AFAIK Google has never blocked a user purely for the purpose of censorship. And that is what this basically comes down to, it was an attempt by UMG to censor Megaupload.