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19 June


South Korea against Google’s policy of YouTuber’s content

They wants to change its policy of videos

Photo: Evgeniy Koval

/NOVOSVTIVL/ The Korea Fair Trade Commission said Thursday it asked Google to change some of its terms and conditions related to copyright infringement, as the first competition authorities in the world to do so. This article appeared in The Korea Herald.

Google’s video-streaming platform currently allows the firm to arbitrarily delete and reuse video posted by users.

The antitrust watchdog said it is unfair that even if a user deletes his or her video, YouTube can still possess and use that video. It is also unfair that YouTube can arbitrarily delete a user’s video without prior notice and that it does not properly give reasons for the termination, it said.

"If Google does not correct the terms and conditions within 60 days, correction orders can be issued. If it is still not corrected, it will be reported to prosecutors," said Lee Tae-whi, a chief of the terms evaluation division of the FTC’s consumer policy department, during a press briefing Thursday.

This is the first time in the world that a government has asked Google to correct its terms related to copyright infringement.