While TV networks like CBS have realized that people watching clips of their shows on YouTube actually is a good thing that helps increase the regular viewers of the show, apparently that lesson hasn't rubbed off on Fox. Rather than learning to embrace a new distribution tool, and going beyond the traditional "takedown notices" that other networks have sent, Fox's "piracy czar" has subpoenaed YouTube to find out more info about whoever is uploading episodes of "24" and "The Simpsons." The subpoena, of course, carries the typical legal blurbage about how these uploads have caused "irreparable harm." Of course, it's tough to believe that's actually true. Beyond the evidence of CBS's experience, it seems pretty unlikely that anyone would watch a show like 24 entirely on YouTube, avoiding it on a TV -- and, if they were, it's unlikely that they're the sort of audience advertisers care very much about. If anything, it seems like the clips are much more likely to encourage non-watchers to get into either show and get them thinking about watching it on TV or recording it on a DVR. But, no matter, apparently Fox wants to sue those responsible for helping them promote their shows.
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