On Friday, the majority of uploaded YouTube clips containing the Comedy Central produced Daily Show, Colbery Report and South Park shows were deleted from YouTube. Apparently, a third party (which is assumed to be Comedy Central lawyers) requested through the DMCA that Comedy Central clips be removed from YouTube.
Will an exodus from YouTube to Daily Motion (which seems to totally ignore the entire concept of copyright) follow?
I really like Greg Sterling’s take on the matter:
Copyrighted material is partly why YouTube became so popular. Google now needs to do a bunch of quick deals to ensure that material remains on the YouTube. If it fails to do those deals and keeps â€œpurgingâ€ the illegal content, YouTube fans will start to lose interest. I dispute the idea that user-generated content is the principal attraction of the site. Thatâ€™s only partly true: you need both â€œthe headâ€ and â€œthe tail.â€
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Steve Wozniak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-whFuN0S0M
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