YouTube: Viacom challenge threatens I...

YouTube: Viacom challenge threatens Internet freedom

There are 17 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 26, 2008, titled YouTube: Viacom challenge threatens Internet freedom. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit over YouTube's ability to keep copyrighted material off its popular video-sharing site threatens how hundreds of millions of people exchange all kinds of information ...

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John Q Public

Morristown, TN

#1 May 26, 2008
I'm for anything that will bring Google down a few pegs.
Mark

Melrose Park, IL

#2 May 26, 2008
John Q Public wrote:
I'm for anything that will bring Google down a few pegs.
Why?
jables

Deland, FL

#3 May 26, 2008
John Q Public wrote:
I'm for anything that will bring Google down a few pegs.
Yes, why exactly? They are one of the most socially responsible companies on the earth, and they are leaders in technological innovention. And it's not like Viacom is some little mom and pop company, so it can't just be some Davey vs. Goliath thing for you...
HankB

Saint Charles, IL

#4 May 26, 2008
Viacom just doesn't get it. Their shows will get more air time on YouTube than on their network and this will draw more people to their cable and network broadcasts. But they cannot control it so they get their undies in a knot.

I thought they *wanted* people to watch this stuff.
DumbEA

Chicago, IL

#5 May 26, 2008
War On Drugs ~ Unwinnable
War On Terror ~ Unwinnable
War On Piracy ~ TBD....but most likely Unwinnable
Isn't obvious that you don't wage "war" on abstract things?
geno

Chicago, IL

#6 May 26, 2008
These large media corporations are just going to have to adapt to a new form of society. The laws and mindset they are approaching the internet with just won't work because it can't be controlled as easily as the old mediums could. Someone's going to have to change, and it's not going to be us. At least some artists are starting to see that, and simply sidestepping the "middleman" by giving us what we want for free. It sucks to be cut out of the loop.
kent

Frankfort, IL

#7 May 26, 2008
Hey Viacom: There are some things you just can't own!

Since: May 08

Lincolnwood

#8 May 26, 2008
HankB wrote:
Viacom just doesn't get it. Their shows will get more air time on YouTube than on their network and this will draw more people to their cable and network broadcasts. But they cannot control it so they get their undies in a knot.
I thought they *wanted* people to watch this stuff.
I'm with you on this. There is a lot of stuff being posted on YouTube that otherwise people wouldn't spend the money to watch it on regular tv.
But, if it acts as a loss leader to get them to watch other stuff on Tv, why bellyache?
After every episode of American Idol, the performances were put up on YouTube that same night. You didn't see Fox complaining because it encourage people to vote and I'm sure they get part of the profit on that from AT&T, a major sponsor on the show. And then people talked about it at work and among friends and more people watch the episoded and more advertising profit.
Unless Viacom intends to put up their own website to show all their old clips, they should accept the new wave. You can't take your fortune to the grave.
Why Cry Now

AOL

#9 May 26, 2008
Memo To Viacom:
Before you try to take on Google, please take a second look
at your newest acquisition B.E.T. and stop the airing of
women shaking their behinds in certain programming and
the gangsta rappers grabbing their crotches and flashing
gang signs. Those shows " I Love New York " and " Flavor
of Love " are complete garbage and are degrading to anyone
who watches them, be they male or female or Black or
White. The FCC must be looking the other way and meeting
you on the second level of the capitol parking garage to accept an attache case filled with crisp new $ 100 dollar
bills. Wise up.

Since: May 08

Lincolnwood

#10 May 26, 2008
Why Cry Now wrote:
Memo To Viacom:
Before you try to take on Google, please take a second look
at your newest acquisition B.E.T. and stop the airing of
women shaking their behinds in certain programming and
the gangsta rappers grabbing their crotches and flashing
gang signs. Those shows " I Love New York " and " Flavor
of Love " are complete garbage and are degrading to anyone
who watches them, be they male or female or Black or
White. The FCC must be looking the other way and meeting
you on the second level of the capitol parking garage to accept an attache case filled with crisp new $ 100 dollar
bills. Wise up.
excellent point and don't stop there. Lots of crude stuff on Comedy Central (Mind of Mencia, South Park, etc.) as well as E'. I think they may also be owned by Viacom.
youtuber

Wheaton, IL

#11 May 26, 2008
if viacom would re-play in full some of the vast excellent material it owns rather than constantly chopping it into small bits (or never playing it at all) of best of material along with programming MTV with stupid no brain reality shows rather than music concerts we might stop needing You Tube to see the art of the artists .You tube/google uses the principle that advertisements will pay for material, isn't this what free tv is now? With digital tv with multiple channels(for free) could viacom get some free channels and replay everything again and again WITH commercials to pay for it all- and then You Tube would be a vehicle to advertise the music rather than steal it. can't we all get along?rather than lawyers stopping all freedom of performances of the want of the people?
centralscrutiniz er

Wilmette, IL

#12 May 27, 2008
Now Wait a Minute wrote:
<quoted text>
excellent point and don't stop there. Lots of crude stuff on Comedy Central (Mind of Mencia, South Park, etc.) as well as E'. I think they may also be owned by Viacom.
They are. Surprised?
According to the article, "...the federal law was intended to protect companies like YouTube as long as they responded properly to content owners' claims of infringement. On that score, Viacom says Google has set a terrible example."
That's funny, I don't see any other entertainment megaliths (Fox, Time-Warner, Vivendi-Universal, etc) taking part in the suit. Who's setting the bad example?
Judging by the content Viacom specializes in, their core demographic is just as likely to be posting/viewing stuff on YouTube as they are watching TV (if not more so); the intelligent thing for Viacom to do would be to capitalize on it rather than biting the hand that feeds it. The music industry ignored the writing on the wall too, and look where it got them.
Public Domain

Chicago, IL

#13 May 27, 2008
No ONE is making Money off You Tube. The people that post or submit the content do not make a dime. IT is similar to an electronic Library where some has to pay to keep the lights on.

Sorry Viacom you will lose this argument and Court case.

All the free publicity you get from You Tube is worth more than the lousy content you supply the viewers. Without you tube you would be Broke!
Purple Guy

Rome, NY

#14 May 27, 2008
testing testing
liner

Bronx, NY

#15 May 27, 2008
Purple Guy wrote:
testing testing
failed, failed.

“Snooze you lose”

Since: Mar 07

Sunnyvale, CA

#16 May 27, 2008
I wish Viacom would concentrate less on lawsuits and more on improving their crappy cable service.
CCCitizen

Falls Church, VA

#17 May 27, 2008
The Bible says that the Love of Money is the root of all Evil. I think that says a lot for viacom.

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