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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    Tired of being 'fu*ked' by the MAN, 23 Mar 2007 @ 10:25pm

    Viacom and all you sh*tty media companies

    Because of MPAA, RIAA, Sony, Viacom and other the others who do not know their ass from there future audience -- I have not bought any music, movies or other media. I have watched it on TV and surf the net and forget the rest. I have only downloaded and paid for 1 ringtone.

    So my money goes for other fine pursuits!! their actions have caused me to be less of a consumer.

    BTW - do not download music movies or anything else.
    There is just too much Quality Original stuff to view created by individuals that share their work under same principle as Firefox. The control that the big media companies have had for my eyeballs has been broken - original content is just as good, if not better.

    But any movies or cd's I have bought have been preused, just like used cars.

    See it is easy to break the business model of the big greedy media companies, who do not get the new business paradigm!!!!

    They gots competition that they have not even realized they have as they piss off the public with rootkits, drm and all sort of limitations.

    When I buy a pre-owned Chev, Ford or Toyota - the manufacturers no longer have any say in what I do with the vehicles!!!

    so why is it different for media??

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