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Petitioning General Counsel, Google Arnd Haller and 4 others

.@Youtube & @GoogleDE : Allow third party recording tools for YouTube #FreedomOnYoutube

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Google Inc., YouTube LLC: Allow third party recording tools for YouTube

For decades people were allowed to take a private copy of a public broadcast. You could record the radio program with a cassette recorder or make a copy of your favorite movie by using a video recorder. All these techniques have been opposed heavily in its early years by the big media companies who didn't want the public to have such technology. They did describe such technology as criminal and as a threat to their business e.g. the 1980s campaign Home Taping Is Killing Music.

Several years later history is about to repeat: Google has teamed up with the RIAA to make the same claims against all sorts of online recording tools for their 21th century broadcasting service: YouTube ("Broadcast yourself"). Google is taking action against nearly every service that enables its users to create a private copy of a public YouTube broadcast while the RIAA is threatening news media like CNet for promoting such a software.

I hereby ask Google to break their silence and participate in an open and fair discussion with the intention to find a solution that suits the needs of the users. I am also asking  Ilse Aigner - the German minister of consumer protection - to arrange a meeting with Google where she will represent all Germans and their right to take a private copy. This petition is also directed towards Neelie Kroes who is responsible for the Digital Agenda at the European Comission: I am asking her to make sure that european consumers continue to have the same rights in Online-Broadcasting they have in Offline-Broadcasting.

Letter to
General Counsel, Google Arnd Haller
Associate Product Counsel, YouTube LLC Harris Cohen
Minister of Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner
and 2 others
European Comission Neelie Kroes
CEO, YouTube Salar Kamangar
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Google Inc., YouTube LLC.

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For decades people were allowed to take a private copy of a public broadcast. You could record the radio program with a cassette recorder or make a copy of your favorite movie by using a video recorder. All these techniques have been opposed heavily in its early years by the big media companies who didn't want the public to have such technology. They did describe such technology as criminal and as a threat to their business.

Several years later history is about to repeat: Google has teamed up with the RIAA to make the same claims against all sorts of online recording tools for their 21th century broadcasting service: YouTube ("Broadcast yourself"). Google is taking action against nearly every service that enables its users to create a private copy of a public YouTube broadcast while the RIAA is threatening news media like CNet for promoting such a software.

I hereby ask Google to break their silence and participate in an open and fair discussion with the intention to find a solution that suits the needs of the users.

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French petition:

Google Inc., YouTube LLC: Autorisez les outils d'enregistrement tiers pour YouTube

Pendant des décennies, les gens ont été autorisés à réaliser la copie privée d'une diffusion publique. Vous pouviez enregistrer un programme radio avec un enregistreur cassette ou faire une copie de votre film favori en utilisant votre magnétoscope. Ces dernières années, toutes ces techniques ont subi une opposition très vive de la part des grands industriels des médias, qui ne voulaient pas que le public ait accès à une telle technologie. Ils ont décrit cette technologie comme criminelle et menaçant leur activité.

Des années plus tard, l'histoire est sur le point de se répéter: Google vient de faire équipe avec la RIAA pour utiliser les mêmes arguments face aux outils d'enregistrement en ligne liés à leur service de diffusion du 21ème siècle: YouTube (Broadcast yourself / "Diffusez vous-même" ). Google attaque presque tous les services qui permettent à leurs utilisateurs de créer une copie privée d'une diffusion publique sur YouTube, tandis que la RIAA menace des sites d'information comme CNET car ils font la promotion de tels logiciels.

Je demande donc à Google de rompre le silence et de participer à une discussion ouverte et juste avec l'intention de trouver une solution qui réponde aux besoins des utilisateurs.

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German petition:

Google Inc., YouTube LLC: Gestattet Aufnahmeprogramme für YouTube

Seit Jahrzehnten ist es der Öffentlichkeit gestattet, eine private Kopie von einer öffentlichen Übertragung anzufertigen. Sie können das Radio-Programm mit einem Kassettenrecorder mitschneiden oder einen Film aus dem TV mit einem Videorekorder aufnehmen. All diese Technologien waren in ihren ersten Jahren heftiger Kritik von Seiten der großen Medien-Unternehmen ausgesetzt. Es wurde behauptet, dass diese Technologien kriminell wären und das Geschäftsmodell dieser Konzerne gefährden.

In diesen Tagen wiederholt sich das ganze Schauspiel: Google hat sich mit der RIAA zusammengeschlossen, um die gleichen Anschuldigen zu machen. Von Google werden zahlreiche Online-Dienste eingeschüchtert und mit Klagen bedroht, nur weil sie eine Aufnahmesoftware für den modernen Rundfunkdienst YouTube anbieten. Die RIAA geht gegen Presseerzeugnisse wie CNET vor, weil dort derartige Software beworben wird.

Ich möchte Google hiermit bitten, das Schweigen zu brechen und an einer fairen Diskussion, mit dem Ziel den Nutzern zu helfen, teilzunehmen.

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Turkish petition:

Üçüncü tarafların YouTube’dan kayıt almasına imkân veren araçlar serbest bırakılsın.

İnsanlar onlarca yıl TV ya da radyo yayınlarını kaydettiler. Radyo programlarını kasete kaydetmenin ya da sevdiğimiz filmleri videokasetlere kopyalamanın önünde bir engel yoktu. Ancak tüm bu teknikler daha ilk yıllarında halkın böylesi bir teknolojiye sahip olmasını istemeyen büyük medya şirketlerinin hışmına uğradı. Şirketler bu türden teknolojileri suç aletleri gibi gösterdiler, yaptıkları işe tehdit olarak gördüler.

Aradan onca yıl geçtikten sonra tarih tekerrür etmek üzere: Şimdi sıra Amerika Kayıt Endüstrisi Birliği’ni (RIAA) yanına alan Google’da. Google, 21. yüzyıla özgü yayın hizmeti sunan YouTube için yaratılmış her türden çevrimiçi kayıt aracına karşı benzer iddialarda bulunuyor. Google, kullanıcıların kamusal bir yayın yapan YouTube’dan kişisel kopya almalarını mümkün kılan neredeyse her türden hizmete karşı harekete geçerken, RIAA da CNet gibi haber medyalarını bu yazılımları teşvik ettiği için tehdit ediyor.

Google’dan suskunluğuna artık bir son vermesini ve biz kullanıcıların da ihtiyaçlarını gözeten bir çözüm bulmak niyetiyle açık ve adil bir tartışmaya katılmasını istiyorum.

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French petition:

Acabo de firmar esta petición:

Durante décadas cualquier persona podía hacker una copia privada de una emisión pública. Podías grabar un programa de radio en una cinta, o hacker una copia de tu película favorita con un videocasete. En los últimos años esas técnicas han contado con la oposición de grandes empresas de medios de comunicación que no quieren que el público disponga de esa tecnología. Estas empresas han descrito esas tecnologías como criminales y como una amenaza a su negocio.

Años después, la historia se repite: Google se ha unido a la RIAA para utilizar los mimosa argumentos frente a las herramientas de grabación online ligadas al gran servicio de difusión de contenidos del silo XXI: YouTube. Google está emprendiendo acciones contra casi todas las herramientas que permiten hacker una copia privada de un vídeo público de Youtube, y la RIAA está amenazando a páginas como CNet por promover ese software.

Mediante esta carta le pido a Google que rompa su silencio y participe en una discusión abierta para encontrar una solución que responda a las necesidades de los usuarios.

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Sincerely,