Google has sent Microsoft a letter asking them to remove the YouTube app from the Windows Phone Store, the news comes from Wired which has received a copy of a ‘cease and desist’ letter that Google has sent to Microsoft.
The Windows Phone YouTube app was developed by Microsoft and not Google, and the app removes the adverts from YouTube and also allows form videos to be downloaded.
We recently became aware of a Microsoft-authored YouTube application for Windows Phone 8 available at http://www.windowsphone.com/enus/store/app/youtube/dcbb1ac6a89adf11a49000237de2db9e. It appears that the application: (1) allows users to download videos from YouTube; (2) prevents the display of advertisements in YouTube video playbacks; and (3) plays videos that our partners have restricted from playback on certain platforms (e.g., mobile devices with limited feature sets). These features directly harm our content creators and clearly violate our Terms of Service. We request that you immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store
It will be interesting to see what happens, and whether Microsoft decides to comply with Google’s request.
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