The YouTube clone that gets away with murder
So Fox is demanding that YouTube spill the beans on a user uploading episodes of "24," according to The Hollywood Reporter. That kind of anti-piracy aggressiveness just makes the continued peaceful existence of Dailymotion even more bizarre.
Dailywho? Back in November, Forbes was the first to point out that the France-based, porn-hosting, multi-lingual clipsharing site had tons of copyrighted content. It's been growing recently, and now has more users in France than YouTube. As many Diggsters noted, that's got to be at least in part due to the fact that lots of shows (including Fox shows) are available fast, easy, and free.
In December, The Hollywood Reporter's Reel Pop blog reported that Dailymotion was taking down illegal stuff. But a quick check will show you that there's still plenty of copyrighted material. I won't tell you what I found, because I certainly don't want to encourage you to pirate. But trust me, it's there.
How has Dailymotion continued to fly under everyone's radar? It's one thing for pirated stuff to be available on BitTorrent, IRC channels, newsgroups, and so on -- they're hard to use, and there's not one host or distributor to blame. But a Google (GOOG) search will lead you right to Dailymotion stuff, or to the many sites that leech it. Surely the various networks being victimized by Dailymotion (at least two, from what I've seen) aren't powerless to stop this.
What's going on? And what would Jack Bauer do?
["24"'s Jack Bauer courtesy Fox.com]
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