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Google to Microsoft: Cease distribution, remotely kill MS YouTube app

updated 05:02 pm EDT, Wed May 15, 2013

Microsoft allegedly completely disregarded terms of service, API rules

A week-old update of Microsoft's YouTube for Windows Phone is the target of a cease-and-desist order from Google, demanding that the app be immediately withdrawn from the Windows Phone Store and each downloaded copy be remotely disabled by May 22. The complaint centers on the total lack of advertisements and disregard of the YouTube terms of service by Microsoft in developing the app.

A report at The Verge claims that Microsoft created the app without Google consent, and specifically includes features that prevent the automatic play of video advertisements. The Google complaint also notes that the app allows users to download videos, plays videos that Google's partners have restricted from playback on certain platforms, along with the disabling of ads.

Google notes that content creators "make money on YouTube by monetizing their content through advertising. Unfortunately, by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube. In addition, your application overrides specific decisions made by some content creators to keep their content from displaying on certain types of devices, which in many cases are due to exclusive distribution arrangements those content creators have with third parties. YouTube's agreements with creators give them choices in how their content is presented and distributed, and your application takes away that control."

Microsoft has not responded to the complaint as of yet. Activating the "kill switch" on an app remotely is uncommon, and it remains to be seen what Microsoft will do about the complaint, if anything. Microsoft has reportedly equipped the Windows Store marketplace with the ability to remotely disable apps it deems may pose a security risk.



Google letter to Microsoft



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