Peter Kafka

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Viacom Grabs a Big Legal Gun for Its Next YouTube Fight

Viacom, which got roughed up quite badly in the last round of its YouTube copyright fight, has called in reinforcements. The cable giant has hired legal heavyweight Theodore Olson to help it appeal last spring’s federal court decision, which went entirely in Google’s favor. Olson’s long list of credentials include a three-year stint as George W. Bush’s top attorney, a job that included arguing lots of cases in front of the Supreme Court. Which is where Viacom/Google could eventually land.


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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