Why Laywers Don't Work In Marketing: A YouTube Case Study

from the forest-for-the-trees dept

Along with the spike in YouTube’s popularity has come a spike in takedown requests as lawyers look to get their companies’ content off the service. As we pointed out, the lawyers don’t always understand that the promotional value of sharing content can often trump legal concerns, and that lawyers are acting without consulting business or marketing folks. Apparently, YouTube says that’s not uncommon — as many of the companies whose lawyers asking for their content to be taken down have marketing arms that are talking about partnerships or even uploading the videos themselves. The viral marketing YouTube enables is just the sort of thing these companies are looking for to drive users back to their content, but their lawyers’ shortsightedness won’t let it happen.


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Mike Mixer says:

Re: lawyers

The only time you can trust a lawyer is when they say they are doing anything for you. Unfortunately that trust I am implying is trusting that they are doing what they are doing for their own benefit. Lawyers are concerned only with billable hours. Period. They have no morals as a group beyond whatever they must employ to win. Finding out that they don’t know what another part of the company is doing is not surprising, that is not a lawyers job. A lawyers job is to defend

a paying client’s rights( real or imagined ) as jealously as a bear with cubs.

Liam says:

Clients

Lawyers are not going to send C&D without client approval. Most of what people complain about as “lawyer evil” is actually exactly what clients ask their own lawyer to do.

That said, I agree with the main point that IP owners could become more sophisticated about viral marketing. IP owners do have the right to decide, in any case.

John says:

A realistic view

obviously their lawyers dont work in marketing, the lawyers work in LAW, the company works in marketing. Its the company’s job to ensure the lawsuits are worth it, and the lawyers job to enact them. The lawyers are doing the job they are hired and PAID to do. Dont blame the lawyers, blame the company – if they don’t want the lawyers to sue then withdraw the consent to have the lawyers defend their IP.

Also, yes, Lawyers bill for the time that you spend with them, even if it is just a phone call. of course we do. You guys get paid by the hour, and if you take a phone call during this time yo get paid. Why isnt it fair that we should get paid as well? That makes no sense – we get paid by you for our time that you take up, time that would otherwise be spent doing other work. Remember, all lawyers are self employed and every minute of their lives requires a cost-benefit analysis. Don’t think its an easy life.

Anyone else see the irony of the above poster calling LAWYERS the leeches of society in an article about MARKETING? Dear lord people are ignorant.

Tyshaun says:

Re: A realistic view

obviously their lawyers dont work in marketing, the lawyers work in LAW, the company works in marketing. Its the company’s job to ensure the lawsuits are worth it, and the lawyers job to enact them. The lawyers are doing the job they are hired and PAID to do. Dont blame the lawyers, blame the company – if they don’t want the lawyers to sue then withdraw the consent to have the lawyers defend their IP.

Also, yes, Lawyers bill for the time that you spend with them, even if it is just a phone call. of course we do. You guys get paid by the hour, and if you take a phone call during this time yo get paid. Why isnt it fair that we should get paid as well? That makes no sense – we get paid by you for our time that you take up, time that would otherwise be spent doing other work. Remember, all lawyers are self employed and every minute of their lives requires a cost-benefit analysis. Don’t think its an easy life.

While I do agree that lawyers have every right to make a living at their trade, I think most people a problem with

a) the rate at which they charge. I received an itemized bill from my lawyer that actually contained a $50.00 charge for a 10 minute phone consult. Come on, I can call my doctor at 3am and get his advice for free! I understand having to make a living but I don’t want to feel like I’m being sucked dry!

b) it seems like (my perception anyway) that law today perpetuates nothing more than the fact that you need a lawyer to understand it. I dunno, in my eutopia it should be possible to start a business or something without having to require an attorney. I think the biggest disservice we do is that most of the people we elect to make laws are lawyers, hence there’s really very little impetus to make the law accessible to the common man. Hell, I have 2 Masters Degrees in hard core sciences and I can barely get through my tax forms without 2 advils and a short nap to stop my head from spinning!

c) Lawyers are great for those with the money to pay for them. However, most people I know can’t afford to pay someone $100.00 or more an hour to work a case for them, considering anything more complicated than a single office consult could mean hours and hours of work on the lawyers part. Lawyers work for the rich and for corporations, the poor and disadvantaged of society get run over by them, the ones who need them the most probably. Again, just my opinion.

Anyone else see the irony of the above poster calling LAWYERS the leeches of society in an article about MARKETING? Dear lord people are ignorant.

But marketing people have never claimed to be anything else but glorified salespeople. There’s an honesty to the trade, not necessarily the tactics. A marketing person can look you straight in the face and say my goal and job is to convince you to buy my product.

I’m sorry my friend but your profession is kind of like the dentist. Yes, lawyers are needed, but you’re going to be hard pressed to ever get the general population to rise up and call for the “We Love The Lawyers” Day.

I’m sorry for the soapbox but any comment trying to illicite sympathy for lawyers draws a cautious eye from me.

Shabina Bi says:

Re: A realistic view

i agree with this, lawyers are doing exactly what their clients tell them to and as far as charging thier clients even for a phone call, it’s a good because think about it, a client calls and takes forever to get to the point becuase come on we all know if we’re being honest that marketing people can talk forever about nothing at all which is what makes them great marketing people in the first place but if they are paying for the time they’ll get to the point fast saving both sides a lot of expensive time, and its also true that marketing people are paid by hte hour so why shouldn’ t lawyers be paid the same.

and yeah i see the irony of the above poster calling LAWYERS the leeches of society in an article about MARKETING.

Joe Smith says:

news.google

The most bizarre example of this sort of behaviour is the actions by newspapers against Google for http://www.news.google.com (one of my favorite sites). Newspapers are trying to draw traffic by putting up webpages. News.google is a terrific way for any news publisher to attact traffic and here they are complaining about it. Google’s response of course is completely practical – we’ll drop you from the index if you don’t want to be there.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1778139,00.asp

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