As has been
, today, May 1
, Netflix is letting thousands of titles
expire (link down due to heavy traffic)
mostly licensed from Warner Bros, Universal, and MGM. Some will possibly to move to the new streaming service
offered by Warner Bros itself. (Warner Archive denies
that they are "taking" content from Netflix.) Less widely reported is the fact that Netflix has also let their deal with Viacom
expire this month, removing large swaths of children's favorites (including Dora, Thomas, Bob the Builder, and Backyardigans) from the service. Despite forecasts that this could be the end
for Netflix (again
) The company maintains
that they are headed in the direction
they want to go
Judge Stanton has granted
Youtube's motion for a summary judgement in Youtube's favor in Viacom's copyright infringement lawsuit against Youtube. [more inside]
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 )
Google Alleges That Viacom ‘Secretly Uploaded Its Content to YouTube, Even While Publicly Complaining About Its Presence There’
Zahavah Levine, chief counsel for YouTube in its litigation with Viacom, explains:
For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. […] Viacom’s efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees could not keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on the site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.
Now Viacom will STEAL your movie
Viacom has claimed ownership of an independent filmmaker's film and now she has to fight them for it. They allow her to leave it on YouTube but they claim ownership and they get to collect data on who's watching.
Google has been ordered
to turn over all of its electronic records of the videos watched by users on YouTube to Viacom. The 12 terabytes of data include records of every video watched by every user, including the user's login name (if any) and IP address. Google had complained that the disclosure would invade user's privacy, but this argument was blunted somewhat by Google's earlier statement
that IP Addresses are not, in and of themselves, personally identifying information. Google was also ordered to turn over certain other information, including its video classification database schema, but was not ordered to turn over information regarding videos marked as private, its source code, or its advertising database schema.
Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright!
Writer, film-maker and "somewhat renegade Christian thinker" Christopher Knight (No, not the Brady Bunch kid. And yes, I'm as disappointed by that as you are.)
fights back via his blog, with links to his original material. The show in question is Vh-1's Web Junk 2.0
, and the clip in question was removed from YouTube, but preserved for posterity by Political Soup
(A .wmv file here
The Man Who Could Kill YouTube. Bob Tur is the little guy who is suing one giant (Google) to do what another giant (Viacom) probably never will -- shut YouTube down
sleeping, Jim. With UPN's cancellation
of Star Trek: Enterprise (nee just Enterprise)
, the Trek franchise
is, for the first time in 18 years, without a weekly broadcast show. While many might agree that Star Trek needs a rest
, others continue to hope
, while producer/right hand of Satan (depending on which Trekkie
you talk to) Rick Berman
says the series (which is a billion dollar baby
for Paramount/Viacom) is going to be off the airwaves for at least three years. Here's to hoping the rest is what's needed for a phenomenon
that's fueled a lot of geeks
for a lot of years.
Dish Network drops Viacom.
Dish Network dropped Viacom-distributed channels last night, and CBS channels in 16 metropolitan areas. I can't see how alienating 1.6 million subscribers is going to be good for business, no matter what it does to their bottom line.
Viacom's CBS today rejected a request from liberal group MoveOn to air a 30-second anti-President Bush ad,
saying the spot violated the network's policy against running issue advocacy advertising. This, despite running anti-drug and anti-smoking
ads. So, is it only issues about which they disagree?
Jackass sues Jackass!
The jackass of the first part, who had his name legally changed to Jack Ass
in order to raise awareness about drunken driving somehow
, has sued Viacom
, owners of MTV
, proud presenters of Jackass
, a show about grown men falling over things and drinking pee pee, for *ahem* defamation of character
. Frivolous lawsuit at its finest, or should Mr. Ass check the dictionary?
The Big Ten infographics
that accompany The Nation's latest issue
on big media conglomerates lays out just how big they are (maximize your browser for the viacom and AOLTW ones, there's a lot of small type in there).
is the first black billionaire, and ranks #172 on the list of richest Americans
after he sold BET to Viacom. Does he have a social responsibilty to show more than T&A and comedy on BET, or is he being unfairly singled out?
Welcome to the blob. Please watch your step.
It looks like Viacom's going to swallow up Yahoo! and all its assorted properties. What does this leave untouched, by partnerships or redistribution deals or what-have-you? Anything? (Who was it again who was predicting that one large company that controlled everything called Omnivox? I remember reading about it somewhere when I was, like, ten or so.)
Human Multi-Tasking: If you count all the things we do two-at-a-time (TV-and-computer, music-and-reading), the average Metafilterer does 29.8 hours a day!
Considering that the survey was commissioned by MTV, the TV channel most likely to be playing in the background while doing something else, it's a little self-serving. Viacom (owners of MTV, CBS, UPN and Nick) needs some way of measurement that doesn't show TViewing going down...