YouTube is permanently deleting the accounts of contributors who are posting clips from Comedy Central. Whether this is a direct result of Google’s ownership is anyone’s guess.
Why should you care? If YouTube is going to start banning the posting of all copyrighted material, it will have to delete at least half of its content and ban millions of accounts.
I got notice this morning that Comedy Central had YouTube remove a video we put up of a segment the “Daily Show” had done on the Mark Foley scandal. In a strictly legal sense, I get the concern. In a business sense, and a PR sense, it’s obnoxious and counterproductive. In any case, I went to log in to my YouTube account to delete any other Comedy Central videos I had, and what do you know, I get a notice that my account has been permanently closed.