News: News Cloud reported and then Slashdot re-reported that Comedy Central apparently sent notice to YouTube asking it to take down some (if not all) clips of its shows from YouTube. Slashdot then reported that YouTube removed all copyrighted clips from YouTube.
If this were true, it would mark an about-face from last year when Jon Stewart and the Executive Producer from his show Ben Karlin basically expressed approval or acceptance of the online circulation of their show in a Wired interview.
Analysis: I had to rewrite this post because, as far as I can tell, there are many clips of Colbert, Daily Show, and South Park on YouTube. There is one clip from the writer of NewsCloud that was removed (see here). But I haven’t been able to identify any others.
I don’t know what to make of the situation. If Comedy Central did ask for a total purge of all clips on YouTube, the clips probably wouldn’t still be up there. And I would be a little bit surprised by such a request, since Stewart and Colbert seemed to be generating a lot of buzz through unauthorized clips finding their way on YouTube — without protest and even mild acceptance by Comedy Central. True, Comedy Central might have an economic interest in removing all clips until it can get a big fat license from YouTube, post-Google deal, or otherwise it can depend on pushing sales and promotion of the Comedy Central shows on iTunes or CC’s own website.