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Any Good Live Video on the Web Right Now? Ask Clicker.

For a bunch of reasons, Web video tends to work better when it has already been recorded. But here’s one way to make live Web video more palatable: Make it easier to find.

Clicker, the would-be TV Guide for Web video, is now indexing live video streams, too. Legal streams, that is–if you’re trying to find pirated streams of the Mets or a World Cup game, Clicker won’t help you.

But if you want to know if C-Span is up and running or when the next installment of Leo Laporte’s show is going up or when ESPN 3’s next soccer game goes live, the service should help. Exactly how much, though, will be up to the people who make the live streams and supply the metadata Clicker uses to help sort and categorize the shows.

For instance, it’s nice to know when Kevin Pollak’s chat show (surprisingly watchable) is airing. It’s even nicer to know who Pollak’s guest is going to be. But Clicker can’t provide that information until Pollak’s show does.

Editor’s Note: All Things Digital’s Katherine Boehret reviewed Clicker back in November. Check out her review here.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work