Archive for October 17th, 2007

YouTube Will Filter Content

17th October 2007

According to The Guardian YouTube has unveiled filtering tools that will allow owners of copyrighted material to block their content from appearing on the video-sharing website.

“We are delighted that Google appears to be stepping up to its responsibility and end the practice of infringement,” said a lawyer for Viacom, Mike Fricklas, without specifying whether the new technology would affect the seven-month-old lawsuit, which will be examined by a US court later this month.

YouTube has been working on the new technology with engineers from Google ever since the latter bought it in a record $1.7bn (£835m) deal 11 months ago. Five months later, executives from both companies began promising the new copyright protection technology. “It has taken until now to get it right,” said David King, a YouTube product manager, during a conference call with reporters yesterday.

USA Writers’ Residuals Secure

17th October 2007

Reuters reports the studio executives dropped a proposal to overhaul residual payments during the writers’ contract negotiations in Hollywood yesterday.

“In the overriding interest of keeping the industry working and removing what has become an emotional impediment and excuse by the WGA not to bargain, the (studio negotiating team) withdrew its recoupment proposal,” said Nick Counter, head of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

But he added that the studios and networks would stand firm against demands by the union to increase residual payments for DVDs, pay television, basic cable or reruns on two fledgling broadcast networks, the CW and My Network TV.

Higher residuals for DVDs has been a major demand of the guild, along with greater compensation for writers whose work is distributed through the Internet and other digital platforms. Residuals for various kinds of digital media were not explicitly mentioned in the studios’ statement.

The WGA said it welcomed the studios’ move to withdraw the new plan, but maintained its resolve to press forward on the other issues. “The remaining rollbacks would gut our contract and will never be acceptable to writers,” the guild said in a statement.