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YouTube and CBS strike deal

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 9th 2006 2:20PM

cbsCBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves and YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley announced today a deal with the streaming video site that will feature short-form content from CBS, Showtime and CSTV on a daily basis starting this month. Clips from such shows as Survivor, 60 Minutes, Late Show with David Letterman, CSI, The Early Show and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will be featured as well as clips from Showtime series Dexter, The L Word, Brotherhood and Sleeper Cell. Sports footage from CBS Sports will also be included. YouTube and CBS will share any ad revenue, and CBS will be able to keep or remove any copyrighted content found on the site.

I'm not going to pretend to know how these sort of deals work, but if a network is going to strike a deal like this, I don't know why they wouldn't just offer full episodes, even if it's for a limited time. Maybe that's not feasible, but I can't imagine people getting too excited over mere clips. What do you guys think?

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I think that since most short clips could be argued as not violating copyright under "fair use," this deal sounds a lot like shenanigans. Now, instead of having to police YouTube and keep sending notices, CBS can sit back while YouTube polices itself to make sure it doesn't have any material violating their spiffy new agreement.

But then again, maybe I'm just one of those crazy conspiracy nerds.

October 09 2006 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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