CBS doesn’t like to share

Interesting note from Scott Karp:

– CBS has a “team of lawyersâ€? who issues daily takedown notices to YouTube for pirated videos — Betsy Morgan emphasized that every pirated video taken down is replaced by a legitimate copy, so as not to be hostile to consumers by depriving them of content they want.

Is that really the best use of CBS’s resources? How many reporters (I’m just saying) could CBS hire instead of that “team of lawyers”? It’s great and all that they’re not “hostile to consumers” (that is, if you fail to see that keeping your best customers from sharing your stuff is hostile), but why not just embrace Creative Commons and let your fans spread your best stuff around? Even if it doesn’t help generate revenue (and I believe in the long run it will), it certainly is a lot cheaper.

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