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Viacom Takes Out The Wrong Garbage

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Viacom Takes Out The Wrong Garbage
2. Today's Top Story
    - SAP Is Investigating Oracle's Charges Of Theft, CEO Kagermann Says
3. Breaking News
    - SEC Charges Two Apple Execs With Improper Handling Of Stock Options
    - Microsoft To Vista Beta Users: Upgrade Soon Or Lose Data
    - California Legislature Considers RFID Card Bans
    - HP Looks To Neoview For Major Gains In Data Warehousing Market
    - Hitachi Sues Over Plasma Display Panel Patents
    - Oracle To Buy Utilities Software Maker Lodestar
    - SOA Is The Future For SAP, Says Company CEO
    - Unix Contractor Charged With Shutting Down Power To Data Center That Oversees Calif. Electrical Grid
    - Viacom Settles One YouTube Copyright Dispute
    - Companies Say Security Breach Could Destroy Their Business
    - AT&T Reports Strong Earnings, Says U-verse TV Service Is Finally Gaining Traction
    - U.S. Falls Further Behind In Global Broadband Penetration
    - Nvidia Hit With New Class-Action Threat Over Windows Vista Glitches
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - By Jupiter! Consumers Don't Find Mobile Banking All That Intriguing
    - Enterprise Apps Galore On Display At Nokia Application Summit
    - The BlackBerry Crash: What Really Happened?
    - 13-Year-Old Gets Thumbs Up At LG National Texting Championship
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
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    - Planning For Next-Generation 802.11n Wireless Networks
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1. Editor's Note: Viacom Takes Out The Wrong Garbage

Anybody who has ever worked with computers knows the old adage "garbage in, garbage out." Besides the most obvious interpretation, this phrase also expresses the truth that, in the end, it's the human element that determines the value of a computer's output.

Look at the way Viacom accidentally went after a parody of The Colbert Report that had been created and placed on YouTube by two activist organizations: Brave New Films and MoveOn. The video was probably flagged by the company's search algorithms as a violation of its copyright; Viacom subsequently sent YouTube a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. YouTube removed it from the site. The producers went to court.

In the end, Viacom apologized. However, you have to wonder how many other videos that are legal under fair use have been removed and not replaced because their owners don't have the time, money, or inclination to object.

Interestingly enough, nobody blames YouTube for being too quick on the trigger when it removed a video that was later found to be protected under the fair-use provisions of the copyright law. For one thing, the company doesn't have a whole lot of choice: Under the DMCA, the sooner sites respond to copyright complaints by removing the offending material, the less likely they are to be sued -- in fact, if they take too long to remove it, they lose any immunity that they had. As a result, it is logical that most sites will, when confronted with the possibility of a copyright suit, immediately remove the material without questioning the validity of the claim. It is then up to those who created the material to try to reverse that decision.

In other words, until this whole copyright mess is ironed out, the interpretation of who takes out YouTube's garbage -- and what constitutes garbage -- is left to the corporations and the courts. In the meantime, we may lose access to some very interesting, exciting, controversial -- and legal -- videos.

What do you think? Is Viacom acting a bit too precipitously in protecting its interests, or was this really just an honest mistake? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

SAP Is Investigating Oracle's Charges Of Theft, CEO Kagermann Says
The company plans to file a legal response next week; Kagermann wouldn't comment as to whether it's a countersuit.


3. Breaking News

SEC Charges Two Apple Execs With Improper Handling Of Stock Options
Apple's Steve Jobs was warned of potential stock-option problems, says one of the defendants.

Microsoft To Vista Beta Users: Upgrade Soon Or Lose Data
Microsoft said the testers can upgrade to any version of Windows Vista they like, as long as it's in the same language as their trial version.

California Legislature Considers RFID Card Bans
The bill would place a three-year moratorium on the use of RFID technology in driver's licenses and school ID cards.

HP Looks To Neoview For Major Gains In Data Warehousing Market
The company's new high-end data warehousing system was unveiled Tuesday in Berlin.

Hitachi Sues Over Plasma Display Panel Patents
The subsidiary that owns and manages Hitachi's patent portfolio claims LG's plasma display panel products infringe on seven Hitachi patents.

Oracle To Buy Utilities Software Maker Lodestar
The acquisition represents the latest gulp in what has become an ongoing buying binge that began with PeopleSoft in 2005.

SOA Is The Future For SAP, Says Company CEO
In keynote address at SAP Sapphire, CEO Kagermann extols virtues of service-oriented architecture and the power of collaboration.

Unix Contractor Charged With Shutting Down Power To Data Center That Oversees Calif. Electrical Grid
The shutdown caused $14,000 in repair costs and left the electrical power grid vulnerable to shortages.

Viacom Settles One YouTube Copyright Dispute
Viacom has admitted that it improperly tried to take down a parody of The Colbert Report from YouTube and announced a policy to be more careful in dealing with potential copyright violations.

Companies Say Security Breach Could Destroy Their Business
A McAfee Datagate study showed 33% surveyed think they are at risk and that 60% of IT managers said they had suffered a data breach in the past year.

AT&T Reports Strong Earnings, Says U-verse TV Service Is Finally Gaining Traction
AT&T said its net income was $2.8 billion for the quarter, up from $1.4 billion a year ago, an indication that its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth is proceeding smoothly.

U.S. Falls Further Behind In Global Broadband Penetration
U.S. broadband penetration among worldwide industrialized nations dropped from 12th to 15th place, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Nvidia Hit With New Class-Action Threat Over Windows Vista Glitches
A New Yorker is seeking support for a class-action suit against the video card manufacturer because he says drivers for the company's high-end 8800 card have caused him problems.

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The BlackBerry Crash: What Really Happened?
What really happened last week when RIM's BlackBerry e-mail service went down? Daniel Taylor over at the Mobile Enterprise Blog has some suggestions.

13-Year-Old Gets Thumbs Up At LG National Texting Championship
At the LG National Texting Championship in New York's Roseland Ballroom, more than 300 text messagers crowded the space to show off their texting skills and earn a chance to take home the $25,000 grand prize.


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