Sandbox Brawl Ensues as Viacom Orders YouTube to Remove Viacom Clips

Written by Gail Farrelly

Saturday, 3 February 2007

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Can't they just get along?

Media giant Viacom thought it had a new best friend when YouTube featured a menu of video clips that provided free advertising for many Viacom programs.

But trouble developed in the playground with the surfacing of pirated videos and disputes about how to share the ad revenue that YouTube was earning. The way Viacom saw it, everyone was bringing lots of marbles to the party; but at the end of the day, it was YouTube who was getting to grab up and take home most of the marbles.

Talks ensued in the sandbox, but no agreement was reached. Finally Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone stuck his tongue out at the execs of YouTube and said, "You don't play nice, your mothers didn't teach you the right way to share, and you need a timeout. A pox on your house."

One furious YouTube exec struggled to control his temper and said he had no comment as he left the sandbox, but one of his colleagues jumped up and down, threw spitballs at Redstone and shouted, "Dragging our mothers into it, you shouldn't go there. Timeout? Fuhgedaboutit! We don't want to play with you EVER again."

BREAKING NEWS: The above encounter was secretly filmed by an intrepid reporter. The video clip will soon appear on the website of Break.com, a rival of YouTube.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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