News: The Culture, Media, and Sport select committee in the UK has recommended that YouTube and other video sharing sites monitor their sites more proactively for inappropriate content, in order to protect kids. (More) Hat tip: techdirt.
News: YouTube was sued again for copyright infringement, this time by Mediaset in Italy for allegedly infringing its programs in 4,643 unauthorized clips on YouTube. Mediaset seek 500 million Euros ($779 million US). More.
Analysis: YouTube already faces 2 major copyright lawsuits in the U.S. (one by Viacom for $1 billion and a class action lawsuit, both in NY). YouTube also was sued by Telecinco in Spain, and some news reports indicate that YouTube lost. The lawsuit in Italy just adds to YouTube’s headaches. The U.S. cases will test the scope of the DMCA safe harbors. I am not sure whether Spain and Italy have any comparable safe harbor.
The ad is titled “Celeb.” It seems like a stretch. I wonder how Britney Spears and Paris Hilton feel about their images being used for a political campaign ad.
The Obama campaign has issued a response video titled “Low road,” referring to McCain’s negative ad.
UPDATE: barelypolitical has come out with a response to McCain that shows John McCain running with Britney Spears.
Kevjumba, the No.1 comedian on YouTube, just graduated high school and is now off to college.
Patrick Pogan is the officer who shoved the bicyclist, who luckily was not seriously injured. Pogan reportedly has been suspended pending an investigation. (More)
For more about Prof. Randy Pausch’s death, click here.
Hey, I used to live right by that place.
News: The Guardian estimates that Barack Obama will draw a crowd of 100,000 tonight in Berlin, if not 1 million. Here’s the news report. The 1 million mark would be impressive. You can watch the speech live on the Internet by clicking here. If you missed the live speech, below is the full version video:
Below are 1 minute highlight reels:
Incredibly inspiring. If you need a pick-me-up, play.
You can watch the speech live by clicking here.
A soccer brawl here in Columbus? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Gillian Anderson’s new do looks great, but does anyone think we needed another X-Files movie?
Chef David Chang is one of the rising stars in the food world. This interview is excellent. I love Charlie Rose.
Sen. Jim Webb just got an important GI bill passed for returning soldiers from Iraq to receive support for an education. His son is serving in Iraq. He himself was Secretary of Navy for Ronald Reagan, though he is a Democrat now. He took himself out of the running for the VP slot with Obama.
News: This week, the McCain camp has launched a series of ads against Barack Obama. Compared to McCain’s earlier videos, these videos appear to be doing very well on YouTube, getting thousands of views. I hope to get another full report on the candidates’ videos on YouTube in the near future.
Obama Love ad mocking the media for coverage of Obama
“Pump” ad blaming Obama for high gas prices
Troop funding ad against Obama
Iraq video against Obama
The decision sounds right to me. What the FCC has been doing lately in restricting speech is very questionable.
Danica Patrick is not making friends on the IRL circuit.
You have to see it to believe it. Shazam is like magic. When the app is put onto the iPhone (which you can do free), the program will listen to any music recording playing in the room — yes, you heard that right! Talk about a clever way to spy on people in the future through their iPhones, but that’s another review.
Shazam then will identify the music that is playing by title and artist, plus give you links to iTunes to buy the music and the video on YouTube. This is so wickedly unbelievable and cool!
BTW, this technology does suggest that finding copyright infringement on the Internet should be far easier than the music industry lets on.
Off topic, but check out this restaurant review:
“We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet,” Gore said. “Every bit of that’s got to change.” (More)