Pay Jonathan Coulton his $37

Viacom gets its ass handed to it. This just shows the insane logic of recording companies. Witness too the ludicrous claims of the RIAA against Limewire.

Where Is Jonathan Coulton’s 37 dollars?

In which John Green examines the complicated relationship between Viacom and piracy: Viacom has filed a lawsuit against YouTube seeking more than a billion dollars in damages for the copyright infringement that was rife in the early days of YouTube. But John proves that, which is owned by Viacom, has been placing ads against content that doesn’t belong to them for years, including Jonathan Coulton’s brilliant music video “Flickr.”

This video includes a snippet of “Flickr,” which is–like this video–released under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Creative Commons license. All of which is to say: Viacom, if you steal my video like you stole Coulton’s, I will sue you.

Ask Viacom where Jonathan Coulton’s 37 dollars is:…

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.