Originally Posted by carld
They aren't different at all as far as copyright infringement is concerned, money does not matter.
Have you read US copyright law and the DMCA?
Directly from the qualifications for safe harbor of a service provider:
"does not receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity, in a case in which the service provider has the right and ability to control such activity"
YouTube -- no direct financial benefit
Amazon -- direct financial benefit
I'm not sure how it could be any more clear.
Oh, and if you're going to call me stupid, just do it and stop dancing around about it.
Not stupid, but possibly ignorant of the subtleties in the laws you're talking about.