South Park Comes Full Circle, Though Viacom Doesn't Seem To Realize It

from the history-lessons-needed dept

Kevin Stapp writes in to let us know that Viacom has decided to put every episode of South Park online. The article quotes MTV Networks Chairman and Chief Executive Judy McGrath talking about having TV shows online doesn't hurt their viewership and could actually help: "One does not diminish the other by any stretch of the imagination." This is something that plenty of folks have noticed before, but perhaps something McGrath shouldn't be saying it as her parent company is trying to convince a court that YouTube is costing it money. McGrath's quote probably won't play very well in court.

However, what's even odder is that no one (in the article, at least) seems to recognize that this is simply a case of South Park coming full circle. The only reason that South Park even is a TV show is because of the video short created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone got passed widely around the internet back in 1995 and 1996. Also, once the show launched, it was one of the first TV shows that fans quickly put online and shared, helping promote the popularity of the show. I still remember people passing around links to the first few episodes in order to round up people to get together to watch the newest episodes on TV. And, what happened? You guessed it... Comedy Central flipped out and started threatening all of the sites that were hosting the episodes. Yet here we are, a decade later and its big news that the company has finally (partially) come to its senses?
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  1. identicon
    Enrico Suarve, 30 Nov 2007 @ 12:50am

    Re:

    "Metallica was already pretty popular before filesharing had any real influence"

    True enough but not 100% valid - I distinctly remember me and my mates swapping taped radio recordings, lending each other the albums to copy and clubbing up to buy their albums together when we were kids. This was normal behaviour at the time and apparently was "crippling the recording industry" back then

    OK its not quite filesharing but it’s the same basic thing and it ended in the same way - a group of people who ended up fans and bought a lot more Metallica merchandise as a result

    Sorry but Lars’s comments have never washed with me - he turned his back on his fan base and went for greed instead

    The best bit for me was when a Metallica fan band 'Beatallica' (strongly recommended by the way) ended up getting sued by the Beatles IP owners for doing beetles covers in a Metallica style, Lars then stepped in and helped them, partly by arguing that they would introduce new listeners to Beatles music as far as I'm aware

    I may love their music but I am at least awake to the idea that their ideas on IP Protection may be slightly hypocritical at best

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