Thursday, August 30, 2007

Can you violate your own copyright? With Viacom's help, yes.

In February 2006, I asked about VH1's WebJunk2.0:

That said, isn't it ironic that this is a show that's pulling clips off the web yet it won't let its own clips be viewed by people on the web? I suppose they acquired the rights to all those clips before they aired, right? Right? And that the people in them were fairly compensated?

Well, here's my answer:

Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright!

Earth to Viacom: what goes around, comes around.

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