Monthly Archives: October 2006

NYT says YouTube is yanking clips

Update for my post YouTube to remove Daily Show clips?.

A story from the New York Times about You Tube removing video clips. They credit Jeff Reifman of News Cloud for breaking the news. Not sure if this means the clips from The Daily Show are really gone. I just did a search and found a bunch. Is YouTube removing clips only for them to be replaced?

YouTube Is Purging Copyrighted Clips

Hitting the financial jackpot, it appears, may have created some headaches for YouTube, the wildly popular video-sharing Web site that has agreed to be bought by Google for $1.65 billion in stock.

The site late last week began purging copyrighted material from Comedy Central, including clips from YouTube stalwarts like “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and “South Park.”

The action was “a result of third-party notification by Comedy Central,” according to one such e-mail message sent to a YouTube user, Jeff Reifman, who broke the news on the Web site NewsCloud.

A week earlier, nearly 30,000 clips of TV shows, movies and music videos were taken down after the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers cited copyright infringement.

LISTEN UP COPYRIGHT HOLDERS
Its a bad idea to remove your clips from services like You Tube. Its free advertising with power beyond your wildest dreams. Letting us watch this video where we want to is the path to ULTIMATE COOL. Don’t you want us to think you are cool? Don’t you want us to love your shows? If you do then quit this 20th century idea of ownership. Again, I’m not wining because I’m loosing free stuff. I’m frustrated because people don’t understand Web 2.0 business and the future of creative expression online. Hey maybe we don’t need your video. We can always ignor it and make our own. The void you leave will be filled.

Why doesn’t Comedy Central try using the Creative Commons license?

I'm reading more paper

For the past several years I’ve gotten most of my news online. I’m a computer worker so I sit infront of a PC for hours during the day. Only makes sense I’d find the most time to keep up with daily news while I’m at a computer.

But various changes in my life have moved me back to paper a bit. One of them is riding the bus to and from work. On the way home waiting at the bus stop and in the bus I read the New York Times.

Recently some friends got Ruby and I a subscription to The Nation magazine. I wasn’t very familiar with this long standing liberal publication. But so far I am amazed its as radical as it is. The articles are diverse and speak with individual voices. I’m digging it. I find time to slow down my life and read it. It seems very healthy.

So, much respect to all you liberal writers and editors who publish on paper.

YouTube to remove Daily Show clips?

It appears YouTube has removed some video of the Daily Show, Colbert Report and South Park. Yet I’ve searched for and found some clips. An unconfirmed rumor is flying around that the lawyers for Comedy Central have asked YouTube to remove video citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

If this is true and all the fun Daily Show clips go away from the Internet then Comedy Central has taken a SERIOUS cool points hit. Meaning if they can’t control their lawyers and stay hip then they are several steps closer to loosing their grip on a big target demographic. High School and College age kids.

I’m not complaining because I might (have?) lost access to free stuff. No. I’m just amazed at how a company – Comedy Central – could seemingly “get it” and then “not get it”. Their hipness has made them millions no doubt. Now that they got theirs they’ll take their toys and go home?

In the word of the immortal teen, “How lame!”

Download Firefox 2.0

If you read blogs and are on the web you might have heard… Firefox 2.0 is out! Its an open source web browser for PC, Mac, and Unix/Linux that is free.

I wasn’t so excited until I tried it with Windows. It has built in SPELL CHECK! This is huge for me. I write blog posts and other things with a web browser a lot. Having built in spell check makes it MUCH easier. It prevents me from having to cut and paste my writing from a application that has spell check back into a browser form.

Not to mention the hassle of having to make sure the word processing application, like Micro$oft Word, doesn’t put in funny formating code. Example: The curly quote. [ “ “ ] Sometimes RSS feed creation software barfs on it. There are more silly stuff characters and formating code that isn’t ASCII. A small rock in may shoe that can really make life hard has been removed. Thanks Firefox developers.

Hood an expert on Edwards?

Cross posted from OrangePolitics:

Wednesday’s Daily Tar Heel has a front page story about John Edwards called “Edwards on the Road.” It has a big map of the USA plotting Edward’s public travel schedule. The story comes to the conclusion that he is campaigning for President in 2008. Shocked? Not I.

Is John Hood an expert on John Edwards? I wondered this because the story quotes him about the nature of Edward’s activities. Hood is President of the John Locke Foundation, a well known conservative think tank here in North Carolina – hardly an unbiased expert on the subject of liberal politicians.

Is this how ethical student reporting works? Ask a subject’s opponent what he thinks of how subject spends time and get just the quotations you need to build a negative story? The author of this story (DTH’s Investigative Team Editor) should have interviewed more people. I enjoy investigative journalism, but this story belonged in the opinion section not on the front page.

US out of Iraq now!

In case I haven’t said it recently, the US military needs to leave Iraq now. Every single last solider, public or private, needs to leave Iraq. No permanent military bases. No covert military presence. No hired guns. Let Iraqis rebuild their country in peace with restitution paid by their former occupiers.

Search for How-tos on Media Making

The Google Co-Op service allows you to create custom searches that focus on topics and sites you’re interseted in. I made one that will hopefully help people find how-tos, articles, and tutorials on media making. Topics like blogs, podcasts, video blogs, etc. will be included. You can test it out by clicking on the tab, How-to Search. Let me know if you’d like to help. The Google software leverages collaboration.