YouTube in Trouble

January 25th, 2007 // 5 Comments

Hollywood.Com reports that due to someone illegally uploading entire episodes of 24, Twenty Century Fox is cracking down on YouTube.

Twentieth Century Fox has issued a legal summons to video Web site YouTube, after one of its users illegally uploaded entire episodes of hit TV show 24 before they were premiered on networks.

Jane Sunderland, vice president of Fox entertainment group, believes the offending material–which includes 12 episodes of The Simpsons–could cause the company “irreparable harm.”

She admits Fox is unable to determine the users’ identities without the help of YouTube and LiveDigital–a smaller video content site–and a subpoena against the two companies was filed last week.

The 24 episodes appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime Jan. 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube six days earlier, according to the subpoena.

YouTube and other similar video-sharing sites normally inform content providers they will delete copy-written material when alerted by the relevant parties.

This website better not shut down. Where the hell else am I going to find stuff like Kelly Loves Shoes? I’m leading a march or something.

By J. Harvey
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  1. mindi

    I guess fox should be looking into there company because someone that is apart of there network has let this stuff leak we can’t just walk into fox and take a whole season of there shows. Find your leaks fox

  2. Is there any proof that video uploaded onto the web actually causes a drop in broadcast ratings.

    Maybe leaking the video will help Fox GAIN viewers.

    (Yeah, I know they shouldn’t release it early but this is not a capital crime!)

  3. Is there any proof that video uploaded onto the web actually causes a drop in broadcast ratings.

    Maybe leaking the video will help Fox GAIN viewers.

    (Yeah, I know they shouldn’t release it early but this is not a capital crime!)

  4. Grrr

    NBC does the same thing with their episodes of SNL. Hardly anyone watches the show, you’d think allowing the good parts to air on you tube would help gain viewers. I love being able to find anything I want on youtube. I’ll join your march, J.

  5. Akarui

    Pff, sure, snippets of episodes wouldn’t hurt I guess. Just to tease people.

    I myself don’t agree with seeing something before the official date, so yeah they should find the person who did this. Come to think of it, the person who YouTubed the videos probably is the leak. Or an “associate” anyway, how would this person have gotten the videos otherwise ?

    They shouldn’t punish everyone for this. YouTube didn’t call this person and say “HEY, COME PUT 24 EPS ON THE SITE AND GET OUR ASSES SUED! YAY!” …

    I mean, really @_@ …

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