What a week. Blink and a dozen big Internet video events fly by.
Fortunately, Demetri Martin on The Daily Show summarizes some of the big issues with the Google/Viacom battle in his Professional Important News segment....
Of course, ha ha, there is no shortage of irony in the clip or on the Web. Thus:
Speaking of Viacom...
...their GC interestingly has a "why we sued YouTube" op-ed in today's Washington Post. Cynthia Brumfield at IP Democracy analyzes the piece and nudges Viacom for not getting their case out in the court of public opinion earlier (UPDATE: See Cynthia's comment below that clarifies her perspective).
Sure, but it takes two to tango and Google could sure do a heck of a lot more to be proactive in explaining their vision for what is right, fair and mutually beneficial to content owners, distributors and consumers. I'd look for an op-ed response from Google soon. Then, we'll see if they take the offensive in the perceptional fight.
(BTW, we never said it would be easy and openly hoped that Google would have taken the online video policy leadership mantle and more once they singled their intention to buy YouTube.)
The venue for the Viacom op-ed is hopefully not lost on any readers of this blog. Clearly, the suit not only has duel purpose of a legal action and a negotiating tool, but it also could help drive debate over legislative remedies for copyright in a new media era.
Of course, there was also the NBC Universal/News Corp Newco announcement this week of a site that will eventually provide a home for traditional media Internet video and another way for ad dollars to be made online. Since no big online joint venture between big media companies has ever worked before, there was naturally a good amount of skepticism. Including from Wall Street analysts. But, other objective folks think that the broadcast guys have learned from the mistakes of the record labels and movie studios.
Thanks to travel and real work, I haven't had a chance to blog yet about the very good Video on the Net conference and the panel that I moderated way back ages ago on Monday. Thanks to Patrick Ross of PFF, Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine, blip.tv COO Dina Kaplan, K&L Gates attorney Marty Stern and the Distributed Computing Industry Association's Christopher Levy for being great panelists. You all got a lot of compliments from folks after the gig. Patrick Ross blogged about the panel here.