YouTube Faces Lawmakers

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Officials from YouTube defended the company against accusations that they were undercutting TV broadcasters with high-quality video clips.

Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee were not impressed.

“We’re offering a different experience than the TV,” YouTube CEO Chad Hurley said. “We’re offering real quality short clips that can be viewed by everyone. It’s far from full-length, high quality TV programming.”

To this lawmakers responded, “That’s probably true in some instances, but clearly, if someone puts a clip of a movie or a show from Fox, that is a copyright violation,” said Rep. Mike Ferguson, a New Jersey Republican. “Why don’t you take that stuff down?”

As reported earlier on adotas, YouTube’s claims legal defense for liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It remains to be determined if this defense will provide sufficient protection for the recent Google acquisition.

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