Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is joining a legal fight taking aim at the flimsy controls on Google's YouTube site that have turned him into an unwilling pawn in a scam believed to have heisted millions of dollars from people around the world. (July 23)
JOSEPH COTCHETT: Yo, YouTube-- and I hate to call them out, but this is what's happening-- for profit, have allowed what we consider to be criminal acts, is the fraudulent sales of bitcoins. They are fraudulent, they are criminal, and YouTube has allowed them to go on time and time again.
Three or four days ago, you may have seen that Twitter had a similar situation, and within 24 hours they pulled it down. As a matter of fact, they had interruptions, if you will, even of Barack Obama's account. They pulled it down within 24 hours.
In this bitcoin situation, they are attempting to hide behind the Communications Decency Act. Well, it's absolutely clear that the Communications Decency Act did not give license to internet companies to push criminal acts, and that's what these are. Thankfully, Steve and Janet have stepped up and said, enough. I'm going to take them on on behalf of all of those people all over the world. And by the way, we named 17 of them in the complaint from all over the world.
STEVE WOZNIAK: And these are copyrighted images. The photographer has assigned copyrights to Janet and myself. They have Apple's logo on it.
Well, we filed. This is a copyright violation. And I think they might take that one down, that account down, and then two new accounts open the next day. And this has been going on since May 10-- that's more than two months.