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Viacom is attempting to put poop in YouTube's Nintendo
June 8, 2010 1:29 PM   Subscribe

YouTube vs. Viacom explained. In 2007, Viacom initiated a lawsuit demanding $1 billion from YouTube as compensation for illegally uploaded content (even though Google had already offered them at least $592 million). But is Viacom being hypocritical? Where is Jonathan Coulton's 37 dollars? (previously, previously-er )
posted by desjardins (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite


I stand by my previous, most likely explanation for Viacoms actions.
posted by Artw at 1:47 PM on June 8, 2010

Huh, it turns out I will click on anything that provides me with Jonathan Coulton content. Good to know.
posted by Elsa at 1:52 PM on June 8, 2010 [3 favorites]

What I really loved was when it came out that Viacom uploaded some of their content to YouTube and demanded compensation for the content they uploaded.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:54 PM on June 8, 2010 [3 favorites]

Rehash of #90211 with JoCo bonus content. OK.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:55 PM on June 8, 2010

I'd watch a rehash of 90201 with Jonathan Coulton as Brandon Walsh.
posted by qvantamon at 2:11 PM on June 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

Oh man, looks like someone wants to be Ze Frank.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, as long as you like duckies
posted by djgh at 2:25 PM on June 8, 2010

Seems like the $37 should be divided up among the people who's photos were used.
posted by delmoi at 3:52 PM on June 8, 2010

Seems like the $37 should be divided up among the people who's photos were used.

Depends upon the license they chose. There may also be model releases that need to be obtained.

Crap like this is why the public domain needs to be expanded. The only ones that benefit are the lawyers and the big companies that can afford them.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:31 PM on June 8, 2010

Also, does anyone else find that 'style' of narration, the one used in the "Viacom pwnd on piracy" video really annoying?
posted by delmoi at 9:02 PM on June 8, 2010

posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 3:36 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Jonathan Coulton breaks it down.
posted by dhammond at 4:16 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Judge Sides With Google in Viacom Lawsuit
posted by homunculus at 4:08 PM on June 23, 2010

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