Seems that since Viacom took action against YouTube, some other media players have jumped on the train. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser does a nice roundup of opinions. Even better, he highlights why it was good idea and why it wasn’t.
Says Viacom’s Chairman:
“The fact of the matter is, without copyright protection, there is no entertainment business. And so we instructed YouTube to remove 100,000 pieces of video from their site. Why? Because they were using it without paying for it. I don’t believe in that. If you want to use us, pay us. Or make a deal with us that is commensurate with the value of our product. Our content has taken years and years to develop, with a lot of hard work. People who want to use it are going to pay us, or good-bye.”
Good-bye, he says. And with that, two men in black suits understood the code, and headed to a small California office above a pizza joint. (Yes, Marquis… this blog has gone “dark”).