The other day Viacom demanded that Google remove 100,000+ copyright protected video’s from the popular YouTube video sharing service (owned by Google). If you haven’t noticed, Google has responded by rapidly removing those videos. I can’t find a single clip from The Colbert Report or Southpark anywhere on YouTube. Both shows air on Comedy Central, which is owned by Viacom.
I personally have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I can totally see this from Viacom’s point of view. They own the shows, they have the right to control how they are viewed. On the other hand, I highly doubt that allowing clips from their shows to be shared via YouTube would ever cost them a single viewer. I don’t think any fans would stop watching the shows in lieu of seeing a random clip here and there online. In fact, I think Viacom would only benefit, by attracting new viewers. It’s basically free advertising. Personally, I think Viacom is shooting themselves in the foot with this action. What do you think?