by Mike Masnick
Wed, Feb 18th 2009 4:21pm
It may seem like it was just a week or so ago that NBC Universal's Chief Counsel Rick Cotton was freaking out about video piracy online. That might be because it was just over a week ago when he was feeding the NY Times quotes for a story about how "pirates" were "winning the battle." But, apparently he's had a change of heart. He's now said in a speech that video sharing, "from a rights perspective, it's under control." He used NBC's online coverage of the Olympics as an example -- though, that's actually a terrible example. Plenty of people were quite annoyed by the unnecessary hoops they had to go through, and others were pissed off that it was nearly impossible to see what they wanted to see unless they went to other sites where people had uploaded the unauthorized video. Either way, we're thrilled to hear that NBC Universal now thinks video "piracy" is under control. I assume that means that they'll stop their DC lobbyists from lobbying for more draconian copyright laws now? Because, last we heard they were still pushing for changes to the law...
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