Fox Decides That Irreparable Harm From YouTube Not Worth Suing Over
from the perhaps-it-wasn't-so-bad,-then? dept
Back in January, Fox made a big stink about sending subpoenas to Google to get access to the identities of some folks who had uploaded some of their TV shows. Fox, at the time, claimed that the uploads caused “irreparable harm,” though they fail to explain how. Certainly other TV shows have discovered that they’ve benefited greatly from having people upload clips on YouTube. A recent AP report showed how the show “How I Met Your Mother” increased its audience noticeably after clips of a recent episode showed up on YouTube and Fox competitor CBS said that having its shows on YouTube helps increase viewership. Yet, Fox insisted that this was a really serious offense… and yet, a month later, Fox is now admitting that for such an egregious offense, it’s not planning on going after those who uploaded the content (though it apparently did turn some information over to authorities). What’s unclear is why Fox made this decision. Did the folks at Fox realize that suing people who were promoting its shows for free was a bad idea? Did they realize that YouTube actually helped provide them more viewers? Did they realize that suing its fans is a good way for people to get pissed off at other Fox properties… such as MySpace? Probably none of the above — but all of those seem like pretty good arguments not to sue (and a few of them seem like reasons to encourage more people to upload stuff to YouTube, but that’s another issue entirely).