CNBC is on YouTube (Sort of)

Progressive folks that they are, my friends at CNBC’s “On the Money” — obDisclosure: I appear now and then on the program — have begun putting segments from the show up on YouTube. You can catch some debates, bizarre or unusual segments, and assorted e-bits of the Dylan Rautigan-hosted program.

Whatever your feelings about CNBC, and as will come as zero surprise, I think this is a very good idea. I’ve written before about how media is blowing up and being reassembled into “Just the Good Bits”, and that is what we’re seeing here at CNBC.

Congrats guys. Now let’s get me back on so one of those “good bits” is mine.


  1. Just let us know when your segments get posted. That would be great.

  2. Yeah, love to see those “good bits” of yours on YouTube. In fact, I bet someone (a fan) with the right equipment and time can put your segments on YouTube in no time. And CNBC probably wouldn’t and couldn’t do a thing to take it down. (for the analysis read my long P.S.)
    P.S. For Paul, other Canadians and people who have no idea of Canada but like to know more, here is one Canadian “fun fact”. In Canada, our Constitution has a “not withstanding clause” (section 33) which allows provincial (i.e. state) government and federal government to ignore some courts and supreme court decisions, renewable every 5 years. This is such a powerful tool that some provincial government (I won’t name names) tried to use it but the people screamed so loud and got so angry that the government backed down.
    Why am I giving this example here in this YouTube post? The reason is that I think the copyright laws (like section 33) give the power to the copyright holders to demand YouTube to take down a clip. But the screams that these copyright holders will hear from fans that watch these clips will be so loud and the negative publicity and news generated will be so big that essentially disable effective use of some part of the copyright protection in YouTube.
    Mind you, I am not claiming these copyright holders won’t get compensated eventually but that some of their rights (e.g. the right to not show these clips) are effectively gone. The bigger the copyright holders (CBS, NBC, Comedy Central), the less power they have. Finished. Bye-bye. Lastly, I am not a lawyer and half of the time, I changed my mind 2 minutes later. (smile)