Viacom vs. Google/YouTube
By Arnold Kling
if Viacom wins this suit and busts YouTube–and there is a very good chance it will win; it is, after all, uncontested that this is Viacom’s media property we are talking about–that won’t change what consumers want one whit. They are demanding unbundled media, sold everywhere and in myriad assortments. Period. And if Viacom won’t provide it then some new media entrepreneurs will.
What stops the Wall Street Journal from “busting” this blog for quoting from Kedrosky’s article? Some possibilities:
a) I have a “fair use” justification, and YouTube does not.
b) The damages that could be recovered from me are small–not enough to cover court costs.
c) The WSJ does not want to stop me from quoting from its articles.