i think this is actually my first Mature Topics post, because i dont usually tend to be very mature, but hear me out on this.
up until recently, there has existed third party websites that allow you to take a Youtube video's URL and they would turn it into a downloadable mp3 file, so that you could listen to it on your ipod or in my case, my web-enabled Blackberry Torch. a few weeks/months ago, Google began to take action against these third parties, threatening them to stop allowing for it, their argument being about copyright rules. and sadly, these third party websites surrendered and did as google demanded.
now, obviously, this is absurd. its bad enough that google just a few days ago forced all gmail accounts to be made public, but combined with their attack on third party recording websites, they are beginning to take control of the last free place on earth, the internet.
now, dont get me wrong, i'm all for protecting private media property, but didnt people used to record things on their tv all the time? people used to stick these old things called Video Casettes into the VCR and record any tv show/news clip/ other media that they wanted to, and it wasnt a violation of any copyright laws, because all they were doing was recording it, NOT DISTRIBUTING IT.
we do the same thing today, dont we? we record things on DirectTv, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable all the time on our DVRs, and its fine and perfectly okay. its no different with youtube-mp3.com or any of the others that are out there, because its staying with the recipient, not being distributed, and yet google is basically trying to make their own law stating that recording youtube audio clips is now a CRIMINAL ACT.
please tell me i'm not the only one who see's whats going on here. google is taking control of the internet, partly because they have the nerds to do it, and partly because nobody is doing anything to stop them. fortunately there's this: Petition | .@Youtube & @GoogleDE : Allow third party recording tools for YouTube #FreedomOnYoutube | Change.org . it would really help out a lot. they didnt ask me to do this, so dont think for one second that this is just me 'copying' and 'pasting' some news article, because its not. it scares me that google is doing this. it scares me that google can do this. and it very much infuriates me that they get in the way of the freedom we have on the world wide web.
i'll add a poll just for the hell of it: who thinks that google is in the right of these copyright actions? who thinks they are in the wrong and are obstructing international freedoms?
and of course, if you do choose to sign it, obviously dont say anything like 'somg guy on adisc asked me to' cuz that would be catastrophic to all of us.