Google is cracking down on copyright-infringing videos uploaded to its site. Sort of. A copy of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" on YouTube has a yellow box which reads, "This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled." This is bad news for Songza, the Web jukebox which rips the audio track from YouTube videos.
If there's no audio track to rip, Songza will go silent. But after so many obnoxious parodies using BIlly Joel's song in the past few weeks, we're not so sure that, in this particular instance, Google's ban isn't actually good news for the rest of us.