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Comedy Central video pulled off YouTube

Click on most of the links to Comedy Central clips on YouTube and you’ll get the message, “This video has been removed due to terms of use violation” or “This video has been removed due to copyright infringement.” NewsCloud reports that YouTube says it’s been asked by a “third party” (which would be Comedy Central, since it’s the copyright holder) under terms of the DMCA to remove clips of the Colbert Report and the Daily Show. Both shows haven’t had an issue with YouTube, well, at least before the Google acquisition. In fact, the Colbert Report has used YouTube in its green screen challenge. And Stephen Colbert has mentioned the site so many times on the air, he recently joked that he was owed $700 million in licensing fees. YouTube has been thriving with Comedy Central content — probably the most widespread TV brand on the site — so this will be the most noticeable content removal to date. And it’s interesting to point out that Comedy Central — a Viacom unit — appears not to be going along with CBS’ strategy of forming a strategic partnership with YouTube.

We’ll wait for reaction from the Comedy Central faithful who are regular YouTubers (after all, browsing video on is not the easiest of experiences.) And of course, this move will be seen by many as the first shoe to drop in YouTube’s new Google existence. (Via Fimoculous)

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