How could a reporter get this so wrong?
After a brief moratorium, YouTube is once again a leading source for fake news.
Thousands of clips from the Daily Show and the Colbert Report reappeared on the video site Tuesday after being yanked over the weekend due to a copyright complaint from Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company.
It would just not be very hard to do a search and find sources that point out that thousands of CC video was never removed from the site at all. And a little basic reporting would also uncover that the videos that were removed have not reappeared.
The article does contain this Viacom statement I hadn’t see before (if the reporter can be trusted):
In a statement Monday, Viacom clarified that it was trying to strike a balance between protecting its content and pleasing its audience.
“Like our peers in the media industry, we are focused on finding the right business model for professionally created content to be legally distributed on the Internet,” the statement read.
“We want our audiences to be able to access our programming on every platform and we’re interested in having it live on all forms of distribution in ways that protect our talented artists, our loyal customers and our passionate audiences.”
Followed by this whopper of a paragraph:
The media conglomerate originally put YouTube on notice Friday, with a letter requesting that the site purge all Comedy Central content, as well as programming from VHI, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon.
All? Try some, and nobody knows for sure how many.
[tags]youtube, viacom, comedy central, [/tags]