Viacom v YouTube is a microcosm of the entertainment industry


Cory Doctorow’s latest column in the Guardian is about the Viacom/YouTube lawsuit. Makes interesting reading.

In this, Viacom would be a microcosm for the entertainment industry. Even as thousands of artists and labels are embracing the internet and next-generation services such as BitTorrent,, Pandora and the like, the top management at the big labels are behind laws such as the Digital Economy Act that could give their companies the power to shut down any tech firm that attempts to out-innovate their own sluggish online also-rans.

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