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Removing 'You' from the 'Tube' and Beating you with It

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It was bound to happen. Several media conglomerates are demanding YouTube disclose the identity of a user who put up licensed content, and throwing a fit in general. Just like in the mp3 wars, when companies that “own” content get stroppy over internet distribution channels and the futility of legal action against them, they start to go after individual users. They’re just classy like that…or ironically pirates themselves (make one person walk the plank and everyone else steps in line (two plank walking references in one day, I know…and a nested parenthetical (uncoachable))).
The mp3 fiascos culminated in Giant Record Co vs. Bess Levin, in which Levin may or may not have owned a few mp3s which she did not upload directly from her CD collection (true story…and sure she could illuminate if you ask her nicely). Fortunately, the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, and Elizabeth Spiers skips the whole “are you a criminal?,” inquiry before hiring.
YouTube has signed licensing agreements with CBS and NBC Universal, which makes Rupert Murdoch feel like the last kid picked in dodgeball. Its tantrum is manifest in 20th Century Fox demanding that YouTube reveal the identity of a user who put up some episodes of “24” and “The Simpsons,” which it plans to crush like someone who questions the validity of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Viacom also feels like it wasn’t invited to sit at the lunch table of the cool kids, demanding that YouTube pull over 100,000 video clips of proprietary content, which includes MTV and Comedy Central clips, often the bulwark of YouTube procrastination fodder.
Viacom Demands YouTube Remove Videos From Site – [WSJ]