WHAS11 freaks out, claims copyright infringement on everything. No questions asked. So if you’re visiting our site in hopes of viewing an interview with Mitch McConnell from a week ago? Send us an e-mail. Or contact the DSCC/a hundred other entities who have a copy of the video.
Apparently their web folks are taking a page from the Aaron Ramey (please see The ‘Ville Voice for Ramey history) play book and don’t realize that it’s in poor taste to flip out instead of acting in a professional manner. Or maybe they don’t realize that criticism is fair game when it comes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Who knows?
People wouldn’t resort to posting video on YouTube for purposes of criticism if stations like WHAS11 could get their web presence in order. (We’re not holding our breath, neither should you.) It’s 2007. There’s no need to randomly and unreliably post Windows Media files on an unusable and confusing website. Get your butts in gear. Start sharing your content in a usable, functional manner instead of playing like it’s 1995. It’s a sad day when a blogger or YouTube user can harness your audience better than you can.
AKA: We’re betting dollars to donuts that you can’t get stats like these on a single segment:
And on a semi-related note: If you’re a web producer or reporter who is upset with something written about your station/paper/operation? Please think twice about sending ridiculous e-mails from your work account. Especially if your station/paper/operation is under new management and in the process of recovering from a terrible news director. Send stuff from home and try to refrain from composing your message with caps lock on. Come on, people. You’re adults.