Viacom vs YouTube

Jeff Jarvis posts on the official complaint from Viacom about infringing clips which appear on YouTube. He doesn’t have much sympathy and contrasts the attitude with that of CBS which has chosen to work with the world’s number one video site:

At last week’s Online Publishers Association, Betsy Morgan of, said that when an infringing clip goes up on YouTube, they take it down and then replace it with a noninfringing, official copy, which has the added benefit of enabling the conversation to cluster around one rather than many copies of the same event. That’s smart. I guess when Viacom and CBS split up, CBS got the IQ.

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