YouTube Hurts Songwriters, Kittens

A lot of the arguing we're hearing both in the real world and inside our heads about the Viacom-YouTube lawsuit has to do with Viacom's claim of damage to authors, songwriters, and other magical unicorns. You know, the little people! Without getting all up in the merits of the case at all, not being all J.D.-burdened (unlike the folks of the Huffington Post, where law degrees and great racks go hand in hand, or hand in something), this is still where we get stuck on the argument. Really? 90-second clips of funny people on YouTube don't actually help them make more money by making them more famous, and therefore making their products more likely to be consumed? For sure now? So we're hoping that Viacom actually gets to argue that old copyright sawhorse for its billlliooon dollars.

Previously: SueTube: Viacom Will See YouTube In Court, Unless It's Just Another Negotiating Ploy, Which It Probably Is.