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Man hits officer after confronting Google employees

Original post made on Jul 18, 2014

A Southern California man was arrested outside a Google office building last Monday after an argument with Google employees over a YouTube video allegedly escalated into a fight with police officers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 18, 2014, 2:52 PM

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Posted by property rights
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm

You gotta be realistic. Google is not going to defend your intellectual property rights unless you have a big advertising budget.

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Posted by WTF
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

@property rights it appears you don't know much about Google. Clicking the "submit a copyright claim" button on the Google website will allow you to request a take down of content that infringes on your copyright. Having a large advertising budget with Google does not mean the rules are different. Have a look at the eBay news story from yesterday, where they were penalized by Google in search.

Not sure if going to the Google offices and accosting a random employee is the right way to go.

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Posted by Chris Stone
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2014 at 8:50 am

This guy is not too bright. The "Take Down Notice" according to the DMCA needs to be in writing. *Note: showing up and threatening people with violence (Mr. Rappa) seems like a gimmick or this guys is in need of being "sent back to B**** School"

Thanks for the good laugh this am!

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Posted by Duke
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jul 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

I witnessed this confrontation, and I'm pretty sure Mr. Hutchinson was intoxicated and/or on drugs. Right when the police arrived, he charged at the officer and began attacking. The officer took Hutchinson to the ground, and cuffed him with the help of another officer + a Google security officer. Later more police arrived, and it took 5-6 people to get Hutchinson into the police car because he was fighting back crazily.

Showing up at 1950 Charleston to ask to take down a youtube video is like showing up at the White House to renew your passport -- it can never work. I don't see how anyone could possibly blame Google here -- there are procedures for getting things taken down from YouTube, and these procedures don't involve showing up in Mountain View, harassing employees, and attacking Mountain View police.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

I know this guy acted like a child and was deranged and doesn't know how the Internet works, but I admire his initial approach to his problem. We act like the Internet doesn't exist on a physical level sometimes and in his ignorance this guy naturally believed that his problem could be easily settled by talking face to face with a representative of the company at its brick and mortar location. It's actually surprising that anyone even slightly informed would find that idea completely stupid, why shouldn't you be able to walk into a lobby at Google and ask the receptionist to help you find someone to discuss a problem you, a customer, are having? Instead he comes to the campus already angry only to find out that absolutely nobody will take his problem seriously or take any responsibility for what in his drug addled mind must have been a huge injustice. If he hadn't fought those cops I'd almost feel sorry for him.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm

This could be a movie: Web Link

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Posted by person
a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

We all know how infuriating Google employees can be.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

@property rights: You are the one not being realistic. It is quite easy for anyone to get something taken down (much harder to get it back up if taken down in error. Showing up belligerent and possibly intoxicated and attacking police officers is not the way to do it.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

@Tom: "It's actually surprising that anyone even slightly informed would find that idea completely stupid"

No. I am going to go out on a limb and say it IS completely stupid, and has nothing to do with the Internet. You have a beef, so you go to "a" lobby of a company with over 50K employees spread all over the globe, and you expect the person at the lobby to be able to get someone from the right function to help you? This would have gone no differently in the 1940's if you went to a random lobby at GE to complain about an appliance feature.

There is a good chance the people who could help you are thousands of miles away. This does not EVEN take into consideration that the person in this case was obviously unstable and probably was not exactly kind and reasonable to the person in the lobby (going by the need to call police and the fact that he ATTACKED an officer). ESPECIALLY when there is a VERY easy way to address it from the comfort of your living room (takedown requests on YouTube and other such services are very common and there is a DMCA law making their removal simple and mandatory).

The corporation is not the bad guy here just because they are a big corporation.

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Posted by gotta be kidding
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jul 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Who does he think he is? Kim Kardashian?

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