Viacom Demands YouTube Yank 100,000 Clips

Viacom Inc., parent company of popular television networks such as Comedy Central and MTV, demanded that Google remove all of its video clips from YouTube, including 100,000 video clips from Viacom-owned properties, after the two media giants failed to reach an agreement. Viacom said its pirated programs on YouTube generate about 1.2 billion video streams, based on a study from an outside consultant. As of midday on Friday, however, a search for "MTV" on YouTube still yielded over 50,000 results – Google may have started removing clips but that doesn't stop them from being reposted.

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I can understand cracking down on movies or pay-per-view events but no one would pay for music videos as it is. As far as TV shows, there's far easier ways to see those and actually keep them with them still being free.

Davo said,
I can understand cracking down on movies or pay-per-view events but no one would pay for music videos as it is. As far as TV shows, there's far easier ways to see those and actually keep them with them still being free.

Their opinion is (and I do NOT agree with it) that the showing of music videos and other TV shows on YouTube dilutes the value of their copyright and which will in turn reduce advertising revenues (via TV commercials). Personally I believe they should embrace this new medium and find a way to make a profit. Just like the motion picture companies found a way to make a gazillion dollars off of video tape after they lost the Betamax case, YouTube could be a blessing in disguise.

yeah me personally i think posting clips on there like music videos and tv shows etc SHOULD NOT be touched cause it aint like people are going to pay for them anyways if they where removed, especially if there from a VHS type source since anyone can record stuff from tv and watch it that way ... im just tired of companys bitching about copyright infringment this and copyright infringment that, blah blah blah.... it's all BS!.... leave youtube alone cause it aint like there posting movies and mp3's on there.

screw VIACOM... there just trying to line there pockets as usual.... when there already superrich.

Do they understand the meaning of good advertising? Before YouTube, I didn't even know that those shows existed.

Youtube, MSN Soapbox, and others are a new media format not yet understood by many large organisations. The benefits to consumers are enormous, but companies like Viacom are too uncertain where this will lead in future.

What they must realise is that online content is fast growing to become the dominant media type, meanwhile they're worrying that all their profits are tied up into antiquated "television" technology.

They're also scared by their loss of control, but they have only themselves to blame for this, for they jumped on the bandwagon years too late. Somebody obviously didn't learn the message behind the story of Napster and mp3...

However, it is fortunate that not all companies have this same attitude. For example, I have great respect for organisations such as the BBC who are embracing all of these new technologies in the interests of their viewers.