How is Youtube going to handle material that violates copyright laws? Aren’t they going to get sued for millions, making it a horrible decision for Google? The answer is in the name: YOUtube!
The latest in the battle of arrogant media companies vs. Youtube: Viacom demands removal of content from Youtube. Companies like Viacom are so arrogant that they think their material is the whole reason that Youtube is so popular. This is a radically different approach from that CBS (remember CBS and Viacome used to be the same company until they had a violent split?) deal with Youtube. I can’t help but wonder if the folks at Viacom are more interested in making CBS wrong for their deal with Youtube than actually protecting the copyrights of their material. I digress.
The following statement from a Youtube representative was perfect:
“It’s unfortunate that Viacom will no longer be able to benefit from YouTube’s passionate audience, which has helped to promote many of Viacom’s shows,” a YouTube representative wrote in an email statement.
Back to the issue at hand… Here it is Youtubers. We get a chance to have a profound impact on how the world of online media is going to be. We can let companies like Viacom claim that their material is more important and entertaining than the skateboarding dog and the Will it Blend? guy, or we can stand for the freedom of entertainment.
What’s at stake here is our entertainment. Viacom is supposed to be entertaining us. They are supposed to entertain us with great music, movies, television shows, etc. They make money from entertaining us. They should see Youtube as an opportunity for them to gain more eyeballs for their shows. But they are choosing to try to control and dominate.
It’s all about the YOU in Youtube. Want to find out how powerful your voice is in the world? Unite with everyone from Youtube and stop watching any entertainment from Viacom:
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