Most television talk shows scour the internet, and particularly YouTube for interesting content to show their audience. It’s not only considered acceptable– its what most people who post on YouTube are hoping for, right? So when Jay Leno and The Tonight Show used Brian and Travis’ YouTube video, they didn’t mind. But now their own original video — that they created– had been blocked on YouTube as a violation of NBC’s copyright. Does NBC think that once they played it, they own it? Now Brian and Travis are pissed, and they wrote a little sketch for Jay. They call it “The Story of Jay Fucking Over Brian and Travis.”
You can read the sketch, and their open letter to Jay Leno, on SplitSider.com. Here’s the original video hosted by funnyordie.com. Does this mean we own this now? Sweet! Can’t wait to play video of the moon landing tomorrow!
I am surprised NBC wanted anything to do with that video because it did not have a diverse race of people, no gay guys, and it had nothing to do with NYC.
That takes a lot of sand on NBCs part... what a scummy and slimy thing for NBC to do. Hopefully Leno does the right thing and goes out of his way to fix this. Wow what a discouraging and disheartening story, and I don't even work in entertainment.
Hardly Intellectual, but it ishould still be the author's Property.....Corporate weasels (Lawyers) at Work Again !?/?!
"Can’t wait to play video of the moon landing tomorrow!" , that one line proves that Fez wrote this... old queer.
@Toin Coss I have the great misfortune of being an attorney. The situation is worse than you can even imagine.
@filler Hey he isn't that old, just prematurely white.
What argument would NBC use to claim the video as theirs?
Thanks for the info. I'm these guys are fighting back.
@Peeps I took Art Law my second year, and, while we only briefly touched on intellectual property rights, I can't think of any argument NBC could make to claim the video as their own. Quite the opposite, actually. I believe that YouTube even expressly states that their users retain all intellectual property rights to their videos. Someone who practices in this area would be able to shed more light on this than I can, but I really think it just boils down to NBC being rich assholes and counting on the owners of the video not raising a fuss.