Lady Gaga Suspended from YouTube After Copyright Violation

Lady Gaga faced a YouTube channel suspension, which was later overturned by Google after ‘multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s copyright policy.’ The copyright suspension occurred after Fuji TV’s SMAP X SMAP television program footage was put online this Thursday.

Lady Gaga was singing some of her  latest songs including Born This Way, You & I and The Edge of Glory. The medley included SMAP, a Japanese boy band which are featured in the SMAP X SMAP show. After the account was restored, SMAP did not appear on the channel though other YouTube channels are still hosting the footage.

Google’s policy is to take-down accounts which have more than three copyright violations. Techdirt wrote that Media Interactive Inc. issued the take-down. Techdirt saying that that Media Interactive Inc. had ‘quite the reputation (search the YouTube help forums) for issuing somewhat questionable takedown claims.’

Lady Gaga has also taken part in the Google Chrome advertisements which shows Lady Gaga using the internet to reach out to her fans.

Google Tests New ‘Cosmic Panda’ UI for YouTube

New YouTube 'Cosmic Panda' UI with Video

YouTube is testing a new unified look with a new coat of black paint, greater interactivity and better tools for editing profiles. The new design can be tested out by going to the Cosmic Panda test ground. Suggested videos are given more prominence by switching from the comments view to suggested videos view as well as video size, which will change the container of the video without changing the resolution of the video.

Channel branding in YouTube

One of the most impressive features is the new channel editor. The old channel designs are replaced with a cleaner look, with descriptions in a grey box on the side and videos taking a large component of the default profile view option (it can be changed to compact versions). Gone are the options to customize channel colors, though the channel editor as with all new design features are yet to be nailed down.

Noam Lovinsky and Alex Nicksay wrote on the YouTube blog that ‘we’re eager to hear your feedback as it’s a great chance for us to incorporate your ideas into future designs for YouTube,’ the feedback option is accessible from the blue bar on the side of videos.

The design coincides with a push from Google to re-brand services for Google+1. GMail, Search and Calendar are some of the most popular services which have already received a redesign. According to Mashable, Picasa will be renamed Google Photos and Blogger as Google Blogs.

YouTube to Hire More Than Ever in 2011 Hiring Spree

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Fresh blog posts from YouTube show plans of an estimated 30% increase of the number of staff during 2011 in a new Google hiring spree. This would be the largest year of hiring in the San Bruno, California company’s six-year history. Available positions include software engineering and user experience but most mainly in advertising sales and customer support which is now totalling 94 openings.

This follows announcements from Google that 2011 would be the biggest hiring year in its history with the hiring of 6,000 employees and a 10% pay rise for staff.