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Sunday, December 10

The Ministry of Truth needs to be regulated -- NOW!

If enough people wake up, maybe we can get our airwaves back again? Anything is possible - right?

I wish I had a better understanding of legal issues surrounding copyright laws. I understand creative/intellectual property rights, (which I really don't think are working to well, especially for musicians), But I don't understand the legal issues regarding "stories" (news) and their production rights.

Four major media companies, including News Corp.'s Fox, Viacom Inc., CBS Corp. and General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal, are in talks about creating a video Web site to compete with Google Inc.'s YouTube, according to people close to the situation.

The companies, owners of most of the major TV networks, envision a jointly owned site that would be the primary Web source for video content from their networks, allowing them to cash in on fast-growing Web video advertising.

The talks are driven by media companies' belief that the fast-growing YouTube has built a huge business off their video content. Although many of the videos on YouTube are homemade videos uploaded by users, some of its most popular clips are pirated copies of television shows.

A lawsuit collaboration between News Corp., Viacom, and NBC against YouTube Inc.
is still pending over the accusation of copyright infringement. YouTube defends their service by immediately responding to the removal of clips when the copyright holders complain about their content making its way on YouTube. On CNET, it was reported that Mark Cuban and the Los Angeles News Service are potentially teaming up by suing YouTube for the inclusion of the Los Angeles riots and the exclusive police chase of O.J. Simpson.

Within the last month C-SPAN and Comedy Central’s parent company Viacom ordered that Comedy Central remove The Colbert Report clips from YouTube. BoingBoing has a brief report on why this occurred.

The comment section from huffpo regarding the article provides some good links and commentary.

"Television is altering the meaning of "being informed" by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation... Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information - misplaced, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information - information that creates the illusion of knowing something, but which in fact leads one away from knowing."

Neil Postman

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."

-- William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting, 1981)

I read that if it were not for the coverage of the Macaca incident on youtube, this would have NEVER made it to the MSM.

How do you think this will play out?

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