Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Murdoch tries to remove beam in his own eye

News International (along with Viacom, Disney and so on) have hurled accusations at Google that they're effectively living off immoral earnings by serving up adverts on a pirate download site, while, at the same time, Fox has been threatening YouTube with legal action for sharing episodes of The Simpsons and 24.

Of course, if Murdoch is complaining about other sites hosting illegal material, he's going to need to ensure he's got his own house in order. And he's taking a step towards that: MySpace has announced it's going to try and stop copyrighted videos being uploaded:

"MySpace is dedicated to ensuring that content owners, whether large or small, can both promote and protect their content in our community," Chris DeWolfe, MySpace's co-founder and chief executive, said in a statement. "For MySpace, video filtering is about protecting artists and the work they create."

Really, Chris? Sure it's about the artists and not protecting yourself from lawsuits?