Michael Arrington of TechCrunch says that last night he received a cease & desist letter from YouTube's lawyers
. Why ever would they do that? Apparently they're upset about the tool and instructions
In the meantime, TechCrunch's tool was merely the latest in a long line of YouTube downloading tools
, most of the rest of which have so far escaped C&D action, so until the lawyers start lashing out on a larger scale, Arrington's misfortune doesn't mean much for the rest of us.
In related news, the AP is reporting
that "Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. as a financial cushion to cover losses or possible legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on YouTube's video-sharing site."