Eat The Press


Remember the billion dollar lawsuit Viacom filed against YouTube and Google last month for "massive, intentional copyright infringement?" Well, as it turns out, maybe not so much. A study published this week by online video tracking firm suggests that pirated clips pulled off of YouTube only accounted for 6% of viewers:

"We have concluded that unauthorized copyright videos make up a relatively small portion of YouTube's most popular videos and an even smaller portion of views."

In effect, "don't flatter yourself Sumner Redstone, we weren't here for your stinkin' clips anyway." Or, something like that.

However Viacom, as well as a number of other unnamed "media companies" (who are perhaps not so eager to incur the wrath of "you" by going on the record) have disputed the findings, saying the study only took into consideration the clips that had been removed as "unauthorized content" and not the many others, most of them duplicates, that escape attention:

"The Vidmeter study undercounts the volume of copyrighted content on YouTube by a significant margin...Among other things, during the sample period, and even at present, many copyright owners had not sent take-down notices for their copyrighted material."

We admit, there is probably some truth to this considering a search for "Jon Stewart, Daily Show", didn't exactly leave us empty-handed. Still, a nice reminder to Viacom that it's not the only fish in the sea.

Study: Videos Yanked From YouTube in Copyright Dispute Had Little Impact on Viewership [Fox News]

Ed. That video is nuts — as are the people featured in it. You hear one of them say "those are the smartest damn sharks" — alas, the same cannot be said for the soft-bellied puny humans in their teeny-tiny speedboats zooming unbalanced across the water as freaking hammerheads feed. Have they not seen "Jaws?" Hubris, man. Scary stuff. Metaphor for YouTube? Hmm. Hmm.

Media Blogroll


Romenesko Gawker TVNewser Wonkette Crooks & Liars CJR Daily Drudge Dealbreaker Dealbook Defamer Deadline Hollywood Daily Mickey Kaus Jeff Jarvis Radosh James Wolcott IWantMedia The Slot Bloggermann Jake Tapper Blogging Baghdad Russert Watch Jossip Mediabistro The Media Mob at the NY Observer The Transom FishbowlNY FishbowlDC FishbowlLA GalleyCat Reference Tone Panopticist The Minor Fall, The Major Lift Penguins On the Equator Gelf Magazine- Gelflog Animal (New York) White House Press Briefings Altercation
Page Six Liz & Cindy NYDN Gossip Intelligencer Reliable Source Patrick McMullan


Jack Shafer Howard Kurtz WWD Memo Pad NYO Off The Record Broadsheet Gail Shister Keith Kelly NYT Business/Media Jay Rosen’s PressThink Fine on Media Simon Dumenco’s Media Guy Jon Friedman Media Matters The Guardian (Media) NRO Media Blog Columbia Journalism Review On The Media The Public Eye The Daily Nightly Today’s Papers Regret the Error Dan Froomkin David Folkenflik


Slate Salon New York Magazine The New Yorker The New York Review of Books The New Republic The Nation Harper’s The Atlantic Monthly The Virginia Quarterly Review Vanity Fair Esquire n+1 The Believer


The New York Times The Washington Post The New York Observer The LA Times Time Newsweek US News & World Report Wall Street Journal Editor & Publisher NY Daily News NY Post USA Today NY Sun Times of London Financial Times The Smoking Gun McClatchy
NBC ABC CBS CNN Fox News MSNBC NPR Air America BBC C-SPAN Al Jazeera
AdAge Broadcasting & Cable MediaPost MediaWeek Variety Entertainment Weekly Folio:
HuffPo Home