SITE BLOCKING

Ad blocking has been a problem for many websites. Youtube has seen its earning fall as well. Now a new problem has emerged.

Youtube and its competitors are under growing pressure from copyright trolls. The DCMA has created a mechanism that large sites can all live with.

Youtube has a content ID system that has been developed over several years. This has allowed the system to prevent users from uploading content that has previously been removed for copyright reasons. Some trolls are not happy with the content ID system and want video sites blocked completely. Now some trolls are looking at blocking Youtube completely which will go to further hurt income. Yandex.video is also struggling. Pressure has been growing over time as the various rights holders are very demanding.

Recent cases have been followed and the courts in some jurisdictions are willing to block anyone including Yandex and Youtube. Already blocking has been imposed on illegal streaming services. For this reason there has been a lot of focus on several cases. In the Netherlands a troll has been refused in lower courts so the move is now to the Supreme Court. Most likely the troll will not get what they want as the lower courts have upheld privacy against a fishing exposition. In the EU the resale of used digital books was held to be infringement. The idea of selling old paper books was not adequate as the court noted unlimited digital copies could be made by unauthorized stores. This is an area that needs clear rules as the way it is now is not very functional.

The US ruling that an IP address does not positively identify an alleged infringer nas not slowed the trolls down much at all. The US ISP Cox was sued in Virginia in federal court and the RIAA trolls won a $1 billion award for contributorily and vicariously liable infringement. Cox will obviously appeal the award. The trolls have been trying to have persistent downloaders accounts terminated and resistance has been equally intense.

In Australia, fewer are downloading anything, possibly driven by aggressive site blocking. Sales of music, movies, games and TV shows also slowed.

Here in Canada the CRTC had tried to make television more affordable. Thanks to brutal tax cuts, even lower cost services have not been widely adopted. Streaming television has grown which has resulted in old televisions now being junked in favor of a mobile phone or PC etc. The dilution of ad revenue across a large number of channels affects the budget for programming.

Since the 2015 edition of some comments. The economy has changed significantly. Compact disk sales have moved mostly to thrift stores. The size of the industry has fallen by 75% over the last 8 years or so. Generally due to stagnant wages and the growing cost of living suggest less money for entertainment.