Tuesday, October 31, 2006

NOOOO!!!! Intellectual property law strangles YouTube!

Apparently, now that they're owned by Google, Viacom is not giving them a free pass (HT: Sullivan, a fellow YouTube embedder):

When people clicked on links for [Comedy Central clips], they got a stark message: "This video has been removed due to terms of use violation."

Users of YouTube who had posted Comedy Central clips in the past said they received emails late Friday from the site informing them that, if they did it again, it would "result in the deletion of your account."

YouTube - a year-old web site that offers video clips of homemade films but also is the go-to site for countless snippets taken from commerical TV - has had copyright trouble in the past. But this appears to be the largest purge to date at the site.

Where will I find all those Daily Show, Colbert Report, and South Park clips which my readership counts on being able to see? Bummer, man. So far, my embeds still work, but I fear that soon many of my posts will be encumbered with broken links.

YouTube, the Napster of 2006. Well, we'll see what we can do. Maybe I can give them an ad or something in exchange for being able to post small clips.

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