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Waiting for an Anti-Youtube Law

October 6, 2006

With the proliferation of video streaming sites such as Youtube, Metacafe, and Dailymotion, sites are popping up that allow users to watch entire seasons of television shows directly from their websites by linking to the full videos hosted on the video sites. Wanna watch all 18 seasons of the simpsons without downloading anything? How about all 10 seasons of South Park? Or maybe Futurama? Click Here. How about Family Guy? These sites are great for the end user who gets access to watch these shows, but I can’t imagine DailyMotion not getting into trouble for hosting so much of the big networks’ intellectual property. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if the MPAA pushes for legislation that makes it illegal to watch streaming video without the proper clearance to do so. If the net keeps allowing big media’s ‘property’ to be viewed without paying easier and easier, and the MPAA and RIAA continue to have the power to write legislation that gets pushed into law, then a law forbidding watching something without the correct license could be entirely feasible. But until then, hey, might as well watch some Simpsons.