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YouTube’s copyright parasites

The evolving economics of YouTube continue to fascinate.

The monetization of user-created Harlem Shake videos by MadDecent, the label that owns the copyright to the song everyone is spazzing out to, and the YouTube music network INDMusic, is an example of how content creators and owners can make a profit in the age of unlimited sharing without resorting to threats or raging about piracy.

But TechDirt's Tim Cushing has a report on how the same technologies employed in the case of the Harlem Shake are also being abused.

According to Cushing, gamers uploading "Let's Play" videos -- stretches of actual video gameplay captured for the entertainment of others -- have been receiving bogus copyright claims from hard-to-pin-down outfits with names like Agora Aggregator and Digital Minds Entertainment.

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