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NBC clamps down on Lazy Sunday videos

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 17th 2006 5:48PM
Lawyers. They're the real "Debbie Downers" of this world. The fellas over at YouTube have been told by NBC that they can no longer play the now-infamous Lazy Sunday rap from SNL. That rap was huge for SNL, which has been at rock bottom for several years now. After it aired on Dec. 17, Lazy Sunday spread rapidly on the web, including at YouTube, which reportedly had 1.2 million downloads of the video within ten days. The popularity of the rap led to an article in the New York Times about the song and the "viral" power the internet has when people think something is cool. NBC finally got a clue and put the video on its website (for Windows users only) and in iTunes, where it now costs $1.99 to download.

Boing Boing has a really good argument about why NBC should be "sending flowers and chocolates to YouTube, not love notes from lawyers."

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More proof that old-media companies will be sinking faster and faster ... reminds me of a certain metal group that sued Napster even though "music sharing" is how they got their start ... *eyeroll*

February 21 2006 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In a weird twist, The *official* youtube group of The Lonely Island was also given the same treatment, not only for Lazy Sunday, but for something as simple as an interview with Samberg.


http://www.youtube.com/group/thelonelyisland for a look.

February 19 2006 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan H

Why is it that they don't understand that exposure is a GOOD thing? This video is helping SNL not harming.

February 18 2006 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the Lazy Sunday rap, and I would still like to see it on youtube. The stuff was posted by people that actually watched and then recorded, so then other people made knock-offs of it. I don't want to watch some 17-year-old trying to make it funnier... because they don't. Just bring back the original, and let us watch it! P.S.-I wonder if they'll take the other SNL skits off youtube, too...

February 18 2006 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Um...I'm pretty sure they made the video available for about a month on iTunes for free. Because that's where I got it. They called it a holiday present at the time. The fact that months later, they want to make some money off of it from the folks who didn't get on the bandwagon a while ago doesn't exactly bother me.

February 18 2006 at 7:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is perfect big media behaviour. They realize what is going on 5 minutes after it is over and scramble to capatalize on it. In the process they gain none of the benefits of the hot property, but once again manage to garner more ill will from their customers. Good show NBC! Your table at the RIAA/MPAA technology symposium is reserved, I am sure.

February 17 2006 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does NBC not realize that not only did THEY put the rap up for free on itunes at first, but that they also were very pleased with the views it had been getting on youtube as well? I'm so sick of all this crap. If people want to download things, let them, dammit. Exposure is a GOOD thing.

February 17 2006 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Cursor. I have not watched SNL for a few years and any news I have heard of the show was that it was almost as bad as the Anthony Michael Hall days of the eary to mid 80's. Here they have a video sketch floating that actually brings a glow of hope to attract viewers and what do they do? The send in the clowns er lawyers to bully anyone hosting it.

There are entertainers that would kill for that kind of free advertising.

February 17 2006 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

***NEWS FLASH*** Traditional Media Outlets Don't Get the New Media. This video has nearly singlehandedly revived SNL. Now if it could just be this funny consistently, it could be culturally relevant again.

February 17 2006 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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