Smoking Gun at Gootube?
There is a great post on Cuban's blog describing why he's subpoenaing Gootube for information on people who are illigally uploading his content to Gootube.
Most interesting is the experience of someone who uploaded a video that was subsequently removed. Upon trying to re-upload, this user claims that he wasn't able to get it there. Now, as Cuban points out, if this occurs because Gootube is selectively filtering the uploads, it shouldn't qualify for safe harbor protection, meaning goodbye to the bogus "we're not responsible" excuse that has been the only thing saving Gootube from massive lawsuits.
Very interesting, I think.
I believe Gootube can do more than it pretends, and that it's holding out on content providers as a way of blackmailing them into a deal. Don't be Evil was a nice slogan, but Google has become corporate evil of the first variety. Not only is Big Goo interested in Big Goo first, it's engaging in some pretty shady-looking practices in order to be able to try and cash in on work done by others.
Wonder if any of the insiders -- who continue to dump shares like they're laced with Polonium -- think all heck is going to break loose.