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TV Junkie: Jimmy Kimmel Sued for YouTube Abuse

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Jimmy Kimmel is being sued for an illegal usage of a YouTube clip on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Jimmy Kimmel is being sued for an illegal usage of a YouTube clip on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Jimmy Kimmel is getting sued by a Rabbi whose YouTube clip was used without his permission in a recent episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Strangely, at this time, it's YouTube who may have the case, not the Rabbi, as the clip was used without written permission from YouTube - essentially, once you submit video to YouTube you relinquish a lot of control of that content. "South Park" has a similar lawsuit resulting from their remake of the copyrighted "What What (In the Butt)" last season.We interviewed Chris Hardwick, host of G4's "Web Soup," earlier this year, who outlined their somewhat arduous process of obtaining permission to use YouTube (and other) video clips. It seems weird that ABC wouldn't have a similar process, perhaps they thought they were too big to worry about this or that they were doing the Rabbi a favor by using his content. The shame is that it's Kimmel who is being sued for this as I'm sure he assumed that the production company and network had some bulletproof process in place to deal with this, instead of, apparently, assuming that once something is on YouTube, it is part of the public domain and not protected.
Our friend Bill Burr will be doing many shows this weekend at the Brea Improv from tomorrow (Thursday) through Sunday - he puts on a show well worth the short trip east of LA. Also, a reminder that the uncensored DVD of "Let It Go," his Comedy Central special at the Fillmore in SF is available. Follow Burr at his website, and especially check out his Monday Morning Podcast.
TV options are pretty slim tonight but there's a double-bill of "Psych," then watch for a star-struck Conan as he interviews Roger Waters, and a holiday tune from Annie Lennox on Fallon. Optionally there will be a Green Hornet-themed "Mythbusters" and there's always "Top Chef."

The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Human Target," "Psych," "Psych," "Conan" (Amy Adams, Roger Waters), Fallon (Ben Stiller, Annie Lennox)

8:00pm Human Target Fox - Chance and the team try to help a man with retrograde amnesia determine his identity and figure out why someone wants to kill him.

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8:15pm Bonnie and Clyde TCM - (1967) Acclaimed account of the gun-toting bank robbers and the trail of terror they blazed through the Southwest in the '30s.

9:00pm Psych USA - Henry wonders what life would have been like if he had not returned to Santa Barbara.

9:00pm Psych USA - When a polar bear trainer is found dead, Shawn works to prove the bear's innocence.

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - Green Hornet Special Seth Rogen joins the team for two blockbusting stories.

10:00pm Top Chef Bravo - A mise-en-place relay race; chefs cook in four of New York's finest restaurants.

10:15pm Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? TCM - A professor (Richard Burton) and his wife (Elizabeth Taylor) drink and verbally assault each other in front of a younger couple, their dinner guests.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Amy Adams; Roger Waters; Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros performs

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Tom Dreesen; Ronnie Spector performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Emily Blunt; football player Keith Fitzhugh; Jackie Evancho performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Dr. Drew Pinksy; Actress Mila Kunis; Chrisette Michele performs.

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12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Mark Wahlberg; actress Olivia Wilde; The Temper Trap performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Singer Nick Lachey; magician Jamy Ian Swiss.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Ben Stiller; professional wrestler The Miz; Annie Lennox performs.