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Video bloggers are up in arms against Veoh, an online video service. Why? Because many say that the company is taking their video content, downloading it, transcoding and hosting it on their (Veoh) sites without anyone’s permission. The news of this story first started to show […]

Video bloggers are up in arms against Veoh, an online video service. Why? Because many say that the company is taking their video content, downloading it, transcoding and hosting it on their (Veoh) sites without anyone’s permission. The news of this story first started to show up in Yahoo VideoBlogging Group, and then on We The Media website.

Veoh has used the very same RSS to hijack videobloggers’ valuable content and trap it in Veoh’s walled garden. Vloggers own the copyright over their videos, and they have the same rights as any other copyright holder from Disney to NBC.

Veoh CEO Dmitry Shapiro posted this comment on the Yahoo Group:

It is not our intention to steal anyone’s content. …The reason we transcode the content is to offload those costs from you to us. Maybe this is not the right thing to do. We are open to your comments, and will obey your wishes.

But the problem it seems doesn’t end with individual videobloggers.

Veoh has also been crawling and copying the entire video catalogs of rival hosting services including blip.tv, OurMedia, Vidilife and Vimeo. They have essentially been taking all the video uploaded to the Internet and appropriating it for their own use.

This kind of credit-less remixing of the content has been common place in the blogosphere, and now it is spreading to video blogs. Other services have had their own issues despite growing popularity, as pointed out here. I hope, Veoh and others video services do the right thing!

Hat tip: Peter Van Dijck from Mefeedia

  1. Hopefully this exposure will force Veoh and others to do the right thing.

    We also covered the events as they happened, starting friday morning.

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  2. More comments and lotsa links here:
    http://devlonduthie.com/blog/2006/04/08/veoh-videobloggers-crazy-license-infringement/

    and here:
    http://loadedpun.com/2006/04/09/veoh-watch-day1.html
    Loadedpun overall is a good place to follow the debate, as is wearethemedia (but loadedpun does more reporting).

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  3. Whoa that desperate huh Veoh? There main problem is they started with technology searching for a problem to solve. Just because the founders knew P2P technology, doesn’t mean they should try to use it to fix anything.

    In the end for Veoh and YouTube and the other guys, for people that own the quality content, they will want users to go to their own website to view videos, not on someone elses website. Especially once YouTube and other online TV places start making money. The best they will do is be a starting point to find other websites with video.

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  4. They feel like the jigsaw of online video. Technically legal but ethically corrupt. I hope karma kicks them in the arse.

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  5. I’ve never understood how some of the blogs out there get their popularity. They basically just reprint the content of others without even adding anything of substance. How many Instapundit-style metabloggers are needed? Not many. It just strikes me as a pathetic “me too, me too!!!” attempt to make a name for yourself when you’re not even trying to write or produce your own commentary.

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  6. It’s now with casual video, and last year was for weblog text, and a few years before that with musicians’ output, but before that was warez — native-code instructions you run on your own computer, artfully branded but of dubious source — and the warez scene never really died out.

    When a digital asset is created, is it a public good for anyone to use as they wish, or do the creators of that digital asset have some ownership of it? That’s the unanswered question beneath all these various debates.

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  7. Because it is only unethical when Big-Businesses steal, not when individual people steal.

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  8. Add to that, that Veoh recently banned 165 countries without prior notice, an valid explaination and no apology. If they did post an apology, it is in thier unreachable forum.
    Many of thier community in the 31 countries left, are blacklisting Veoh as they have demonstrated thier untrustworthiness to all.
    Additionally, videos uploaded to VEOH from the banned countries are still being viewed and downloaded by the privileged few.
    Under International Law this is theft, and under Internet law, piracy.
    It seems VEOH need some money to continue. I, as an American, am thoroughly ashamed by VEOH’s behaviour, and urge others not to judge Americans by the bad haviour of one. I have blackballed VEOH and moved everything to one of the many “Anti-VEOH” sites that are appearing in the USA, UK and the EU, and I urge others to follow suit.

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  9. Why the Veho dosen’t work in Albania.But say the Veho don’t work in Montenegro ,please rlease the Veho for Albania

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