Microsoft Responds To Google’s Demand To Shut Down YouTube App For Windows Phone 8

Posted May 16, 2013

Google is not happy about the way that the YouTube app was designed on Windows Phone 8.  This is why Google sent Microsoft a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Microsoft withdraws their redesigned YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 because it violates their Terms of Service.  The Terms of Service says that the Microsoft YouTube app violation has to do with the way that ads are being blocked and how the app allows videos to be downloaded.

Google wrote this in the cease-and-desist letter:

“YouTube’s agreements with creators give them choices inhow their content is presented and distributed, and your application takes away that control.The YouTube Terms of Service and API Terms of Service, posted at http://www.youtube.com/t/terms and
https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms, were written to protect content creators from this type of abuse. They clearly prohibit downloads of videos from the site and prohibit accessing any portion of YouTube videos by any means other than through the use of an authorized YouTube player. They also bar applications that modify, replace, interfere with or block advertisements placed by YouTube in videos.”

Google requested that Microsoft withdraws the app from the Windows Phone Store and they disable existing downloads of it by May 22nd.  Microsoft built the YouTube app themselves after they complained that Google was blocking access to required metadata.

Google requested that Microsoft withdraws the app from the Windows Phone Store and they disable existing downloads of it by May 22nd.  Microsoft built the YouTube app themselves after they complained that Google was blocking access to required metadata.

Microsoft said that they are “more than happy to include advertising” in the YouTube app, but Google needs to provide “access to the necessary APIs.”  Microsoft said that they are looking forward to solving this matter together for “our mutual customers.”