Either the folks running UMG are smoking crack…

Either the folks running UMG are smoking crack….

… or Google is making some very strange “private contractual arrangements” with the big media companies. I’m inclined to think it’s the former, but I suppose it could be the latter which would really piss me off.

Granted, I’m not much of a YouTube uploader myself, but if I were to ever get around to doing video blogs like I keep intending to do and UMG didn’t like something I said and had it yanked with no recourse, well, let’s just say I’d be a might bit tiffed. #seb

UMG claims “right to block or remove” YouTube videos it doesn’t own

Universal Music Group has responded to Megaupload’s request for a temporary restraining order barring the music giant from further interference with the distribution of its “Mega Song.” UMG insists that it had a right to take down the video—not under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as Megaupload had assumed, but under a private contractual arrangement between UMG and YouTube.

UMG’s filing raises more questions than it answers. Most obviously, the firm has not explained why it took down…

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