YouTube Threatens TechCrunch; TechCrunch BlinksNov 15th, 2006 | By James Lewin | Category: Digital Video Downloads
YouTube has sent TechCrunch, a popular tech blog that covers emerging Web sites, a cease and desist letter over TechCrunch’s YouTube Video Download Tool. YouTube claims ‚Äútortious interference of a business relationship, and in fact, many business relationships,‚Äù of committing an ‚Äúunfair business practice,‚Äù and ‚Äúfalse advertising.‚Äù
While there does not appear to be anything in YouTube‚Äôs terms of service that forbids using tools like this, TechCrunch plans to remove the download tool anyway to avoid creating problems with Google/YouTube.
‚ÄúI have no intention of fighting YouTube on this,‚Äù said TechCrunch‚Äôs Mike Arrington. ‚ÄúIf they want it down, I‚Äôll take it down. I don‚Äôt want to be put on a black list with Google PR.‚Äù
While TechCrunch may be planning to remove their tool, the tool isn’t unique. There are dozens of other sites that provide similar services.