And dammit, I missed seeing Roseanne Barr on "The View" this morning. I was very curious as to how she'd interact with Rosie O'Donnell. But, I very rarely watch TV, and forgot all about it, just a couple hours after I promised myself I'd wait for it. *sigh*
YouTube/Google sued by Viacom for a billion bucks
Mar. 13th, 2007 @ 03:52 pm
Viacom Inc., which owns MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, and Nickelodeon, today sued YouTube Google for $1 billion in damages over claims of copyright infringement. Link to story via msnbc, here's the BBC's. |
(thanks to the many people who suggested this.)
Richard Boese says,
Viacom says, "There is no question that YouTube and Google are continuing to take the fruit of our efforts without permission and destroying enormous value in the process (...) This is value that rightfully belongs to the writers, directors and talent who create it and companies like Viacom that have invested to make possible this innovation and creativity."
Do they really think watching a short clip on a 4inch embedded screen is going to rob anyone of their "value" input? YouTube is just about the best kind of advertising I know and I've bought a good number of DVDs off the back of viewing clips there.
Is Viacom even *worth* $1B? Their crappy programming sure isn't.