Updated: The response when CBS News told the story of an autistic teen’s triumph on the basketball court was so extraordinary, the network ran the story again the next night. Not surprising, then, that a YouTube user would feel driven to share the experince via the video site. So far, YouTube has delivered more than 1.3 million viewings and the video is on the site’s top 20 all-time list. Unlike much of the network video that pops up on YouTube, though, this particular story is actually available for free viewing — and in higher quality — on CBSNews.com, which has asked YouTube to pull its version.
Betsy Morgan, SVP and GM of CBSNews.com, told the CBSNews blog Public Eye: “It’s uncool for people to take our video without permission. It’s interesting and encouraging that there’s that much of an audience for our content. But this stuff should come back to the core site – otherwise it’s theft.” But Morgan also stressed: “We’re not anti-YouTube. We are anti-taking video w/out our permission.”
For CBSNews.com, two suggestions — HTML links a la YouTube that can be included in pages and, on the “email to a friend” form, make the “get info from CBSNews.com” option opt-in rather than opt-out.
Update: YouTube appears to have removed the CBS News video in question — no explanation so far, just a red error box that says “The video you have requested is not available.” Total viewings: 1,559,407. A local news report is still up.
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