Monday, November 26, 2007

Good work, YouTube!

This is a step in the right direction at least!

Up until now, YouPube has just deleted videos without really telling the public why. Usually, YouTube just had an ominous red box at the top of the page informing us that the video was deleted for a terms of use violation - even if nothing in the video was even remotely offensive.

But now they're starting to publicly name and shame who's behind all the complaints. Many pages on YouTube now say (in the now-familiar red box), "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by ..." Usually one of the major 4 TV networks or their parent companies is named - even if it's only a brief clip from a TV show that hasn't aired on their network in years and isn't available on videocassette or DVD.

Now we know who's behind all these deletions and how greedy the networks are in controlling stuff that aired 10 years ago and isn't available anywhere else. They act just like the villain in 'Elmo In Grouchland': If they see it, they own it. If they touch it, they own it. If they think about it, they own it.

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