Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Feed Techdirt: South Park Comes Full Circle, Though Viacom Doesn't Seem To Realize It (techdirt.com)

Kevin Stapp writes in to let us know that Viacom has decided to put every episode of South Park online. The article quotes MTV Networks Chairman and Chief Executive Judy McGrath talking about having TV shows online doesn't hurt their viewership and could actually help: "One does not diminish the other by any stretch of the imagination." This is something that plenty of folks have noticed before, but perhaps something McGrath shouldn't be saying it as her parent company is trying to convince a court that YouTube is costing it money. McGrath's quote probably won't play very well in court.

However, what's even odder is that no one (in the article, at least) seems to recognize that this is simply a case of South Park coming full circle. The only reason that South Park even is a TV show is because of the video short created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone got passed widely around the internet back in 1995 and 1996. Also, once the show launched, it was one of the first TV shows that fans quickly put online and shared, helping promote the popularity of the show. I still remember people passing around links to the first few episodes in order to round up people to get together to watch the newest episodes on TV. And, what happened? You guessed it... Comedy Central flipped out and started threatening all of the sites that were hosting the episodes. Yet here we are, a decade later and its big news that the company has finally (partially) come to its senses?

Permalink | Comments | Email This Story
The Media

Submission + - People confused about their rights

JonnyRocks writes: I just thought the slashdot community would be interested in what I found. I saw a question on yahoo answers about legality of limewire and what concerned me is how many of the answers were wrong. I sometimes fear that people think downloading anything off the net is illegal. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Aj5x3XFF63j7S40sn28pENXsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071129135605AAvmTEG&show=7#profile-info-6jydNwohaa

Slashdot Top Deals

Computer programs expand so as to fill the core available.

Working...