The foibles of copyright

I was looking at my site logs just now and spotted that someone searching for the Larry and Gary show from the old Thursday Night Thunder shows on ESPN, which led them to this post where I discussed jumping from video to video on YouTube. I even linked to the videos there.

Now, some 6 months on, there are no videos to watch. With the exception of one, they’ve all been taken down (some specifically reasoned as this and others under the banner of a Terms of Use violation) due to a copyright claim. I totally understand that some clips (i.e. ones of current tv shows or of movies) might not belong on YouTube, but some of the things that have been taken down recently are just pushing the boundaries of logic.

In the case of one of the videos, are you seriously going to see ESPN Classic showing a World Series game in full, with original advertising and news inserts? No, so why can’t people be able to see what news delivery was like in the early 80s? For that matter, you never see full NFL games rebroadcast.

Generally, when games are rebroadcast, it’s usually compiled of NFL Films footage (which is filmed using proper film cameras, instead of TV cameras), narrated by, according to their site, one of four narrators – Harry Kalas, Jim Birdsall, Earl Mann or Jeff Kaye; generally, they will mix in the audio of the radio broadcast for certain important plays. By all means, the NFL Films product is generally superior, thus making the original TV broadcast that much less relevant.

I could go off on a tangent here about how to properly watch a sporting event, but I’ll let it go for another day 🙂

My main point about this is that I don’t see where it hurts a company to have their old identity out there for people to see. In fact, some of the coolest videos (or maybe it’s just because I’m a dork) are the ones from old TV. If you take a look at my favorites there, you’ll see it’s generally a mishmash of randomness, but a lot of it is from older recordings (though some are remasters such as the World Of Sport adroll).

My point is that by having videos on Youtube, you’ll get people who might not have seen something to see it. The Cricket World Cup is an example of someone not getting that point – though the uploading went on relentless even after the ICC decided to jump on those who are sharing the game with the world.

Oh, and one last thing – try searching for Benny Hinn. If you find a video that works, I’d be interested.

And I’ll throw one more last thing, this video from my favorites 😉