Comedy Central Back on YouTube

The Daily Show sums up Bush speeches.

After suing YouTube, NBC signed a deal with YouTube. Now after having their clips pulled off YouTube over the weekend, Comedy Central’s owner Viacom signs a deal with YouTube. Do you see a pattern emerging here?

You gotta love YouTube’s data retention practices. Pulled clips just magically reappeared, stats and all. Here’s what Viacom had to say about it.

We want our audiences to be able to access our programming on every platform and we’re interested in having it live on all forms of distribution in ways that protect our talented artists, our loyal customers and our passionate audiences.

Of course, Viacom asserting copyright right after Google’s purchase of YouTube raises questions of sincerity.

A YouTube user questions Comedy Central’s motives.

Greed aside, it’s good to see Viacom gets this video thing. For a moment there, I was gonna bash them for having their clips pulled off. In the words of VC Paul Graham:

The big media companies shouldn’t worry that people will post their copyrighted material on YouTube. They should worry that people will post their own stuff on YouTube, and audiences will watch that instead.

In celebration of this landmark deal, enjoy a few of my favorite Comedy Central YouTube clips, supersized for your pleasure.

The Colbert Report on YouTube and Google.

Colbert tries to scare Stewart.

Prince versus Charlie Murphy

Full episodes (yes, full episodes) on the next page.

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4 Comments on “Comedy Central Back on YouTube”
  1. retro says:

    Go Colbert! As wacky and wierd as he is, I’d vote for him.

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