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Mr. Cuban and Mr. Hurley Go To Washington

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 11, 2007

Or, rather, Mark Cuban and Chad Hurley went to Washington, on May 10. They were there to testify regarding Net neutrality issues, among other things, in front of e House of Representatives subcommittee on telecommunications.

You can watch it all here:

Significance of this clip, sartorial department: We now know that Mark Cuban owns at least one suit, and that Cuban and Chad Hurley each own at least one tie.

The Good Part: Starts around 2 hours and 12 minutes in, when Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) challenges Hurley on YouTube’s takedown policy with regard to copyrighted works.

Hurley sidesteps the verbal traps Ferguson lays for him. But Ferguson also draws Cuban into it. Cuban’s long been critical of YouTube, and he does not disappoint Ferguson. In one bit focusing on YouTube’s takedown policy—which in most cases entails waiting to hear from copyright holders removing their videos from the site—Cuban cites his experience as a movie producer and tartly notes “for some of our smaller movies, we spent more on the monitoring [of YouTube for clips of said movies] than we made on the movie.”

Anyway, watch it yourself—it’s interesting stuff, if you’re as geeked-out about this as I am.

I’m starting to think that we’ll be hearing more from the old-media copyright holders of the world about the costs associated with monitoring YouTube for pirated versions of their clips.



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