You Tube has redesigned their website again. They have made changes to the site that as usual many don't like.
In writing about the redesign today, Mihaela Lica Butler from Search Engine Journal went down another road in discussing the video powerhouse.
Butler wrote about how Google started something in August caled the "Pirate Penalty"
“Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in
our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive
for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may
appear lower in our results.”
Butler feels that Google should practice what it preaches and either penalize itself just like everyone else, or penalize no websites.
She goes on to give example of full movies that are uploaded to Google without the permission of the copyright holder.
Google has certainly been dealing with this for a long time and has many video takedowns everyday. Is there a way that Google can possibly keep itself free of all copyright infringement ?
Butler summed up her article saying, "There are hundreds, if not thousands, of copyrighted movies available
free of charge on YouTube, including Hollywood blockbusters, foreign
movies, series and cult classics. All uploaded by YouTube users, random
people from different countries, and not by their copyright holders. And
while we welcome the change – YouTube does look much better, and is
more functional, redesigned, we hope to see a positive change concerning
the content too."