The Price We All Pay For A Sarah Silverman Website
Now in the tech world you’re nobody till somebody hates. (Jason Calacanis has made a career off of people mocking and bashing him.)
A few weeks ago, a different reader of this blog, Rafi Kam, got a press pass to cover the VH1 Hip Hop Honors for his blog Oh Word. He armed himself with a video camera and the guy who bashed some Viacom staff back in March, Dallas.
Is it possible that some Viacom staff would hold an internet drudge for over six months?
Needless to say they did.(see last 3 paragraphs).
Now if that was the only complaint against the network parent Viacom and it’s offspring then this would barely be a post. (And what would I do with my Silverman pictures!)
Of course there’s more.
As members of the “blog press” Oh Word weren’t supposed to be at the show… they were supposed to be in the press room watching the show on the cool ass Viacom monitors.
Rafi thought it would be more interesting if they left the press room, snuck into the VIP lounge and then onto the floor of the actual live show.
So that’s what they did. (And videotaped it).
And then posted it on YouTube.
So today Viacom had YouTube remove the offending footage of the same show they aired on television.
Unfortunately, if you’ve been paying attention to Viacom lately, you know that they have a weird way of looking at copyright law.
For example : Viacom is claiming that Chris Knight violated their copyright by posting on YouTube a segment from it’s VH1 show Web Junk 2.0… which VH1 produced – without permission – from a video that Chris had originally created.
Here’s the Knight produced video:
And here’s the Viacom segment done without permission:
These Viacom guys are crazy.
But it seems they got corporate communication down.
Viacom also has a ning-ish site called Flux created by the same cool ass folks who developed TagWorld.
It’s going to link (eventually) all the Viacom consumer properties. They are testing it now.
And guess who got some of the first invites.
Rafi and Dallas, of course.
Obviously somebody didn’t get the memo…
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