Viacom (Sorta) Flip-Flops on YouTube; We’re All At Risk

Way back when (2005), Comedy Central's Jon Stewart gave fans a (pale) green light to share show content after it ran on the traditional tube:
Wired: The Daily Show really exemplifies that sort of new model. It's on a cable network, not broadcast. It's among the most popular shows traded online. People download and watch the whole thing, every day. Were you guys aware of that? Karlin: ... If people want to take the show in various forms, I'd say go. But when you're a part of something successful and meaningful, the rule book says don't try to analyze it too much or dissect it... Stewart: ... I look at systems like the Internet as a convenience. I look at it as the same as cable or anything else. Everything is geared toward more individualized consumption. Getting it off the Internet is no different than getting it off TV.
Maybe Stewart and Karlin weren't speaking for Viacom at the time. Or maybe muckety-mucks ignored it because Viacom was focused on how to spin off a large chuck of itself as CBS Corp. But the handlers at Viacom had to have known what they said. …continue reading →

Google: vlogging Test Announced

Google has announced it will host individual video clips in the next few days, an entry into the video blogging content category. The announcement follows the January test of Google Video, a search feature that "allows users to see still images from [TV] video clips" as well as any  associated closed-captioning. Competitor Yahoo! had previously announced partnerships with "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett and JibJab Media, which became a household name in political circles during the 2004 presidential election.

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