Viacom: Pass SOPA Or Spongebob Dies
from the seriously dept
It’s the most unintentionally hilarious video of the year… Viacom has put out one of the most ridiculous “anti-piracy” propaganda videos yet, complete with debunked stats, ridiculous claims, ominous music… and lots and lots of Viacom employees admitting that they’re too clueless to adapt to a changing marketplace, and begging you to give them money so they can keep their jobs. Seriously. As the video goes on, the claims get more and more ridiculous, to the point where someone even threatens that if you don’t keep buying Viacom products, Spongebob might no longer exist. And, really, that’s the hilarious part. So much of the video is just people begging others to save them. They beg people to give them money. They beg the government to save their jobs. Nowhere, however, do they talk about actually adapting. Nowhere do they talk about making use of what the internet provides to build bigger audiences, to promote better, and to better monetize. Because that’s the kind of stuff that Viacom just doesn’t do. It just begs others to cover up for its own business failures.
Remember, this is the same company where the CEO made $84.5 million last year (a $50 million raise). I’d embed the video here, but remember that Viacom is trying to sue YouTube out of existence, so they didn’t put it up on YouTube… in fact, they didn’t put it up in a manner that lets you embed it anywhere. So you’ll just have to go to Viacom’s website and watch the video directly there yourself… costing Viacom’s bandwidth. They could have gotten that bandwidth for free if they’d just posted the video to YouTube… but, as we’re told in the video, “free” is “stealing.” And it destroys jobs. Except for Viacom’s CEO. He’s doing okay.