NBC Fired Employee for Publishing 16-Year-Old ClipAdded: Friday, February 11th, 2011
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NBC has dismissed an employee responsible for publishing last week’s online sensation dated 1994. The video featured hosts confusingly asking what the Internet is. The company announced that an individual in question violated the NBC’s standards of conduct by repeatedly downloading and distributing content without permission.
NBC has been long calling for better enforcement of copyright legislation regarding to online content, so when one of its own employees was found to be engaged in unauthorized distribution of a 16 year-old video from the “Today” on the Internet, the company took a decision to fire him in order to avoid the appearance of a double standard.
A week ago a video from the “Today” show dated 1994 appeared online, featuring Bryant Gumbel asking: “What is the Internet anyway?” and expressing confusion with e-mail addresses, particularly with a “tiny mark with the “a” and the ring around it”. In a few days, Washington Posts’s Rob Pegoraro wrote in Twitter that an individual who published the clip on YouTube had e-mailed them to inform that he had got fired for this.
Of course, the video itself was very funny, allowing everyone to see how far we have come since 1994, but NBC turned out to be not as amused as everybody else was. A person in question was accused of violation of the corporate standards of conduct. According to the NBC’s statement, the guy managed to do so by repeatedly downloading and distributing different materials without permission.
The most interesting fact is that the company used the word “repeatedly” in the announcement, which means that it was not the first occasion of illegal distribution of copyrighted content without the company’s permission. This makes one to wonder how many times it has happened before, and, which is more important, how it has affected NBC. The suspicions are that it has probably helped the company some way. For example, the leak of the above mentioned video definitely put the show on the online community’s radar for a week if not month. However, one should admit that the employee was wrong to do so and really deserve to be fired. Although posting an old video is not a crime, as a NBC employee he has clearly violated the company’s rules. NBC can be understood, as the company wouldn’t be able to explain legislators that the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content on the Internet is an issue that demands attention, while one of its own employees is doing the very same thing.
February 11th,2011Posted by:
Friday, February 11th, 2011
|16 year old video, who cares. no one probably heard of it anyways|
|Punishment does not fit the crime, dock his pay for a week or something.|
|feel sorry for the bloke. Harsh!|
Indeed. This was TOO harsh. Even if it says so in their rules, who is to say these rules aren't draconian and illegal? They might violate his civil rights!
For example, many comppanies have this stupid rule against frakking your coworker, not because they give flying f---, but because they are afraid of being sued themselves with "boohoo! you people let him f--- me, and now he's effing another babe, and it's all your fault!" which is of course ridiculous, but there you go.
|How it goes; Believe half of what you see and nothing that you hear; everyone as you say usually covers there own a** not thinking; about a brother; Hey just think; could had more news to talk about;||
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