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September 3, 20071 Comment

ON: Viacom vs. YouTube on Labor Day

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This case seems to be the one that is going to set the precedent for all video
online for years to come. Your spoofs,
your original material and all the videos you created that use copyrighted material
will face outcome of Viacom’s suit.

There is no
question that YouTube and Google are continuing to take the fruit of our, the creators, labor without permission and destroying our enormous value in the process. The content
that rightfully belongs to the writers, directors and talent who
create it and companies like Viacom, NBC or smaller content distribution channels
that have invested and made a solid business model that rewards the best creative with a living is merely trying to defend our rights.

The other side of the story is that YouTube, has moved the video market forward
faster than any other player, and that high risk game is ultimately good for
users. But good for users will not
determine the law. Just as “good for
users” did not help the cause of Napster. It seems to be the same showdown that happened when the music industry
came down on Napster.

For those of you that have been living under a rock here is the skinny:

 

YouTube is facing a $1 billion+ lawsuit from Viacom. It was known that
YouTube would eventually face at least one major lawsuit, and Viacom - which
had already pulled 100,000 clips from the site, was perhaps the most likely to
take a distaste to the company.

Viacom is accusing YouTube of “massive intentional copyright infringement”,
saying that 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips have been uploaded onto YouTube,
totaling more than 1.5 billion views. In truth, the “more than $1 billion”
figure sounds a little low: typically these companies seek the maximum sum of
$150,000 per infringement.

 

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So if you follow the letter of the law, Viacom is right. However, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS and NBC
were all incredibly slow to innovate and if not for YouTube we would still be
watching video in Reel player or a Windows Media player. A hardy thank you goes out to YouTube for
helping realize the potential of flash and video.

On this Labor Day, a day that celebrates the American worker, we the American creators should
remember the importance of original content and original thought. We should use YouTube
for its intended use which was to facilitate a global
video conversation. YouTube can be a
place where creators go to distribute their material but remember that your are not benefiting from it.  Google the mega
corporation has yet to figure out how to pay creators for their original thought.

I look forward to the day when companies like blip.tv and current.tv which are companies who reward creators by giving them a way to make money, get the market share they so rightfully deserve.

ON: Viacom vs. YouTube on Labor Day via @jpenabickley

September 3, 20071 Comment

ON: Viacom vs. YouTube on Labor Day

Youtubenew
This case seems to be the one that is going to set the precedent for all video
online for years to come. Your spoofs,
your original material and all the videos you created that use copyrighted material
will face outcome of Viacom’s suit.

There is no
question that YouTube and Google are continuing to take the fruit of our, the creators, labor without permission and destroying our enormous value in the process. The content
that rightfully belongs to the writers, directors and talent who
create it and companies like Viacom, NBC or smaller content distribution channels
that have invested and made a solid business model that rewards the best creative with a living is merely trying to defend our rights.

The other side of the story is that YouTube, has moved the video market forward
faster than any other player, and that high risk game is ultimately good for
users. But good for users will not
determine the law. Just as “good for
users” did not help the cause of Napster. It seems to be the same showdown that happened when the music industry
came down on Napster.

For those of you that have been living under a rock here is the skinny:

 

YouTube is facing a $1 billion+ lawsuit from Viacom. It was known that
YouTube would eventually face at least one major lawsuit, and Viacom - which
had already pulled 100,000 clips from the site, was perhaps the most likely to
take a distaste to the company.

Viacom is accusing YouTube of “massive intentional copyright infringement”,
saying that 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips have been uploaded onto YouTube,
totaling more than 1.5 billion views. In truth, the “more than $1 billion”
figure sounds a little low: typically these companies seek the maximum sum of
$150,000 per infringement.

 

Viacom_logo_120_no_border_2
So if you follow the letter of the law, Viacom is right. However, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS and NBC
were all incredibly slow to innovate and if not for YouTube we would still be
watching video in Reel player or a Windows Media player. A hardy thank you goes out to YouTube for
helping realize the potential of flash and video.

On this Labor Day, a day that celebrates the American worker, we the American creators should
remember the importance of original content and original thought. We should use YouTube
for its intended use which was to facilitate a global
video conversation. YouTube can be a
place where creators go to distribute their material but remember that your are not benefiting from it.  Google the mega
corporation has yet to figure out how to pay creators for their original thought.

I look forward to the day when companies like blip.tv and current.tv which are companies who reward creators by giving them a way to make money, get the market share they so rightfully deserve.

ON: Viacom vs. YouTube on Labor Day via @jpenabickley

January 3, 2007No Comments

ON: The Bodega

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Hot on the heels of singing You Tube Star Lisa Nova, online video site The Daily Reel ( http://www.TheDailyReel.com <http://www.thedailyreel.com/&gt; ) has inked another exclusive content deal  with a rising Online Video Artist Casimir Nozkowski.

Casimir is creator of the massively popular, cryingwhileeating.com and his first video for the daily reel is “Bodega” a humorous yet searing commentary about the choices confronting people who live in “the poorest urban county in the country.”

Video link is here and full press release is below:
http://www.thedailyreel.com/spotlight/bodega

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-------Their Press Release-----

The Daily Reel Announces Content Deal with Online Video Artist Casimir Nozkowski
Nozkowski, known for biting, comedic online videos, joins Lisa Nova as a featured artist on The Daily Reel 
Los Angeles, CA— Following on the heels of its content deal with YouTube Video star Lisa Nova, The Daily Reel, where the best in Online Video and User Generated Content is showcased, (www.thedailyreel.com <http://www.thedailyreel.com/&gt; ), has inked a content deal with emerging Online Video artist Casimir Nozkowski and satirists Dallas Penn (Dallaspenn.com) and Rafi Kam (Ohword.com) to develop an online video series that chronicles daily life in the Bronx.

The first video in the series, titled “Bodega” is a humorous yet searing commentary about the choices confronting people who live in “the poorest urban county in the country.” Casimir and the creative team of Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam, who most recently collaborated on the video “Ghetto Big Mac,” which was picked by the The Daily Reel as one of the Top 10 Online Videos of 2006, created the video. “Bodega” is live today at The Daily Reel.

Like Lisa Nova, Casimir has made a name for himself on YouTube where his videos have been viewed nearly 200,000 times. He is better known as the co-creator of cryingwhileeating.com <http://cryingwhileeating.com/&gt; , a smash hit site with over 65 million hits to date.

As part of the deal, The Daily Reel and Casimir/Dallas/Rafi will:

·    produce videos, which will debut and be prominently displayed on The Daily Reel;
·       syndicate the content through other media platforms; and
·    work together to monetize his content.

“We are excited to work with such a unique voice in the world of online video,” said Jamie Patricof, co-founder of the The Daily Reel. “His videos are simultaneously humorous and dark, in this case portraying the complexities of life in the ghetto. Casimir’s work is a must watch online. We look forward to partnering with him, Dallas and Rafi and continuing to make the Daily Reel the number one place for the best online video on the Internet.”

“Adding Casimir to our lineup of online video talent underscores The Daily Reel’s commitment to find and bring viewers the best talent and voices online,” said Jeff Stern, co-founder of The Daily Reel. “These voices can run the gamut from straight comedy to powerful social commentary.”

“Our videos are essentially us launching ourselves at a subject or landscape we find compelling and seeing what happens when we stir it up, talk to real people and get to the bottom of urban survival,” Casimir said. “Becoming featured artists on the The Daily Reel allows us to reach a broader audience with our mission and signals the beginning of a powerful series of co-produced videos like ‘Bodega.’”

ON: The Bodega via @jpenabickley

December 13, 2006No Comments

ON:Smart Eats from American Express

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