TV Junkie: Jimmy Kimmel Sued for YouTube Abuse
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."