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YouTube Ordered To Give User Logs To Viacom

As part of Viacom’s massive lawsuit alleging copyright fringement, YouTube will have to produce the user logs — including IP addresses and videos viewed — of all the users of the site.

Daily Tech elaborates:

The court order to turn over site logs came as part of a sweeping request by Viacom, where it attempted to acquire source code for the site’s search engine and copyright video filter – which YouTube wrote as the result of previous litigation with copyright holders – as well as copies of YouTube parent Google’s advertisement database schema, and copies of all videos on the site marked “private.””

In response, millions of loyal YouTube users came to a disheartening conclusion — that now a multi-billion dollar corporation would know how many dog-balancing-biscuit-on-nose videos and soft-core porn clips they have been watching.

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Why Dogs Will Take Over The Planet And Enslave Us

It will be in revenge for this:

Guess How Many Internet Memes Are On This T-Shirt

This tee from Chop Shop, “The Internets,” gets props for not only depicting many Internet memes (always a favorite of mine), but including the Batman “Uleuleule”:

How many of the memes do you recognize?

Family Ties Intro With Who’s The Boss Theme

It’s scary how these blend together.

Eddie Izzard In Lego

Very cool — classic Eddie Izzard routines animated in Lego.

“Cake Or Death”

“Death Star Canteen”

Sesame Street Breastfeeding Video

In this Sesame Street clip from 1977, singer Buffy Sainte-Marie explains breastfeeding to Big Bird.

I have to wonder if, in this age of more “edgy” children’s programming, would a similar show have the guts to be so straightforward. It doesn’t seem so controversial to me; little kids must watch their moms breastfeed all the time, and having a children’s show explain it makes sense. Just not on Spongebob Squarepants.

Is This The End Of Internet Video Sub-Culture?

The Spartaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! video meme

Some of the most treasured activities and applications of the Internet sub-culture are going “legit” – with major companies and movie studios taking notice, and a piece or all of the action.

Take the case of Hulu, NBC/Universal’s streaming video venture. Not only is it like YouTube – it’s like those awesome clips and clip collections you find on YouTube! You know the ones: for Family Guy, The Office, Arrested Development, etc. The infamous “where’s my money” sketch from Family Guy — in which Stewie shoots out both of debtor Brian’s kneecaps and sets him on fire – was made famous by the unofficial clip on YouTube, made by a fan. Hulu offers the same types of clips, as well as embed features – all authorized by NBC/Universal.

“I remember the good old days when we had nothing but silly putty and old Dilbert comic strips.”

Then look at PopTok, an IM application that works in conjunction with AIM or MSN Messenger, allows you to take little movie snippets and “splice” them into your online conversation. Now, anybody familiar with forum culture knows that people have been creating little gifs and clips of their favorite movies and using them to express themselves. The only catch with PopTok? Their clips are all licensed by the movie studios.

Finally, there’s the “Pork and Beans” video by Weezer, which showcases a whole slew of Internet memes. Yes, Weezer is an alternative band, and yes, the video features a narrative in which the working-class heroes/”freaks” of the YouTube celebrity world are finally given their due respect. But, in the end, “Pork and Beans” – and the music studio – have co-opted those memes, those “underground” performers. It’s Tay Zonday gone mainstream.

Etch A Sketch Portrait Of Tay Zonday

Should we be in mourning for the end of the “wild west” of fan clips and video memes? Or are the reports of their imminent demise just a bit too premature?

Do we feel guilty using Hulu? Is it too much like using “The Man’s” streaming video service? Is there a quaintness about viewing the same video clip in YouTube, with the little symbol from the cable channel the clip was recorded off of in the corner like an Izod alligator on a pocket?

What is more mood-specific: a smiley or Patrick Bateman explaining Huey Lewis?

Is using PopTok just too simple? Now that we have the cool American Psycho clip, in flawless video, to drop into the online chat – is it like Christmas happened already? Is the thrill of the hunt over? Do we miss the process of ripping the film off the DVD or unlicensed YouTube clip, then figuring out how to turn it into a small playable box? Or do we use the IM app guilt-free and bask in the sheer joy that is Patrick Bateman making an everyday phrase sound sinister?

Further – does the techie with the skills to create bit torrents and professional-quality DVD rips use those skills to go “legit” themselves?

Dramatic Chipmunk died for your sins

I’m talking about where the underground and the mainstream meet on the face of the online world. Is it an uncomfortable border to be straddling? Or can we let ourselves enjoy both?