If you want to watch the fun-looking Flavor Flav Roast
on Comedy Central
tomorrow (Sunday 8/12 @ 10PM), best to plan on catching it live on TV and not on YouTube
in clips at a later time since the media giant that owns the cable station, Viacom
, is doing everything in its power to stop clips from being broadcast on YouTube. And Viacom is not alone in their war on the Google
owned YouTube. Earlier this week they were joined by several other TV broadcasters and publishing companies in a major copyright infringement lawsuit against the popular video file sharing website. These proceedings ultimately mean that we should most likely now begin the countdown to the final days of YouTube. One of those involved in the legal proceedings, The National Music Publishers' Association,
said it is joining the lawsuit "out of concern that many songwriters aren't receiving proper compensation when their music appears on YouTube videos." Additionally, Viacom Inc.
(which, besides Comedy Central, also owns MTV
and other stations) and the Football Association Premier League
are also part of the lawsuit against
YouTube/Google. And while this lawsuit seems crazy for many reasons, including that most artists make no money off of past videos played on TV anyway -- never mind crummy quality dubs on YouTube, which most people only view and don't download (unlike with Napster
in its famous lawsuit some years back) -- it certainly looks like it signals the final days of YouTube, at least as it exists today. So my advice: enjoy YouTube
while you can.