It's becoming a hot-button issue – and, like all great American hot-button issues, now the lawyers want in. When Fox News' ever-popular interview with former President Bill Clinton hit YouTube, the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog wondered what was up: "Did you see Chris Wallace's interview with Bill Clinton? If not, you can watch it here, thanks to YouTube. But wait a minute, doesn't Fox News own a copyright on this content? Is the video-sharing site breaking the law?"
Actually, that's pretty much what Fox News thought when they contacted YouTube and requested that the clips be removed from the site. Ever the dispenser of new media wisdom, BuzzMachiner Jeff Jarvis concluded that was an idiot move: "Fools. They would be getting a whole new audience. They'd be even more part of the conversation."
"In an official statement, Fox News claims that their Internet division used 'poor judgment' when going after YouTubers. Strategically, Fox News recognizes that the clips are of great PR value and that the company is 'thrilled' that the interview received so much publicity.So is YouTube going the way of Napster? As far as news networks are concerned, not just yet.