I appreciate the concern, but it's not an assumption. Before today's events, this was the news on the matter:
Megaupload says that the music and artwork in the video are original
One person's word against another, but no facts. So yes, it is an assumption right now. You might be proven correct (or wrong) down the road, but for now you are assuming.
I understand that you wouldn't have read around before taking an argumentative stance, so you almost certainly didn't know that it's widely considered to be true that Megaupload did not violate any copyrights. But even in that case, did you read the same thing I did? UMG specifically stated that they did not take the video down for anything at all related to copyright infringement:
Universal argues that its takedown is not governed by the DMCA in the first place.
the takedown was sent "pursuant to the UMG-YouTube agreement," which gives UMG "the right to block or remove user-posted videos through YouTube's CMS based on a number of contractually specified criteria."
I did read around, but when did the "popular" opinion start overriding facts (of which, none have been given yet)? The world was believed by the majority to be flat once upon a time...
UMG said no such thing. They said the takedown was not governed by the DCMA. They did not say it had nothing to do with copyright infringement.
Stop assuming or reading what you want to read, read what is actually there. You'll be a much happier person.
John Kramer wrote:... Okay. I don't know that this was ever up for debate. It's wrong that this whole process circumvents federal laws and provides unilateral discretion to a biased party.
Anything posted on a forum is up for debate and discussion. You're crying foul, I'm saying show me some proof. Sorry that's too much for you to handle.
Something else you seem to be forgetting is that Youtube (Google/whatever) is a company and they make the rules, not the American public. I could buy Youtube and ban all Eminem vidoes if I so chose. The opinion of the public and of the uploaders on the matter are 100% irrelevant. They have zero "rights" (real or imaginary) to upload anything. The site makes the rules, it's as simple as that.
I want to play a game. The rules are simple. All you have to do is sit here and talk to me. Listen to me. We haven't been properly introduced. My name is John.
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