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A message to YouTube: Don't be evil
A message to YouTube: Don't be evil

Google's YouTube is such a rich repository of material from so many sources — global news broadcasts and TV shows, short films, live performances and amateur recordings — that it has become the Internet's unofficial video archive. That's why the company's threat to remove videos uploaded by independent record companies because of a dispute over a forthcoming YouTube service is so alarming. YouTube is no longer an upstart in a crowded market; it's a dominant player whose decisions have enormous consequences for its users. And the threat it has leveled against indie labels suggests that the company has lost touch with that reality. YouTube ranks as one of...