The Daily Show On Parent Company Viacom's Lawsuit Against YouTube... On YouTube

from the meta-meta dept

Well, here's one for Friday evening. On last night's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (which is owned by Viacom), Stewart and Demetri Martin discussed Viacom's lawsuit against Google/YouTube. It's an entertaining five minutes, where Martin wonders if you're watching him on YouTube right now -- so it didn't take long, of course, for that clip to show up on YouTube:



Of course, given the way Viacom has been trying to take down anything even remotely connected to Viacom, that video might not last long. Viacom has it available on its own site as well -- though, again, getting to it and getting the embed code was immensely more annoying that the YouTube version, costs Viacom bandwidth resources and also requires Viacom employees to put the video up themselves, rather than just letting fans do it for them -- but if that's what they want (also, we "raced" the two videos and the YouTube one seemed much faster, but that's another issue):



While the clip is amusing, the key point is that it seems clear that Stewart recognizes how Viacom's decision is doing more harm than good: "But to me, the situation is that there's a ton to gain for both companies. Viacom, they put their content on YouTube, it gets exposure, people know about their programming... it's a win for everybody in this situation." This, of course, echoes Stewart's own statements from a few years ago about how great it was that people were downloading and watching the show (pre-YouTube). Too bad Stewart's bosses don't listen to him on these things.

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  1. identicon
    ranting, 25 Mar 2007 @ 8:17am

    The comedycentral site is horrible. But at least they don't block it from international viewing like certain channels (showtime, in my case). Try to access it from Canada and you get a nice message saying that the 'content' hosted on their website (ok, if shitty 30 second clips preceded by obnoxious ads = content) is intended for US eyes only.

    (Keep in mind that they also post these clips on youtube, which I could access anyway...)

    That just means I'm gonna log onto my favourite torrent site, download HQ full episodes quite readily, and then seed, so I'm also HELPING AMERICANS, who could be subscribing to showtime and contributing to ratings get these episodes faster instead of generating advertising revenue for sho.

    Yea it's offtopic, but honestly it's just another example of these corps not understanding the mechanics and business of the web.

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