It's not often that a network news provider takes flak for enforcing copyrights. But the CNBC interview of Warren is just a bit different. You see, Warren took CNBC staff to the woodshed, and CNBC followed up by issuing "Cease & Desist" notices to Youtube posters and others for spreading the video.
How did it look?
CNBC looked like a sore loser this week when it told YouTube to take down on “copyright grounds” videos from a Squawk Box interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She was on to defend the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, which would tighten regulations on banks, that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others. She forcefully, and gleefully, swatted away challenges from CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, Joe Kernan, and Amanda Drury. A clip went viral — with more than 700,000 views — after it was posted by video aggregator Upworthy as well as on Warren’s YouTube site. “It’s maybe the best example of the sort of matter-anti-matter reaction that happens when someone who actually knows some history and policy makes first contact with a gaggle of ignorant CNBC yakkers,” Talking Point Memo‘s Josh Marshall wrote.
CNBC's response to the spread of their clip generated quite a bit of pushback for the network:
UPDATE: CNBC pulled the video for "copyright violations" from Sen. Warren's YouTube channel. They have the longer segment here at their site.CNBC's move to limit video access to their site - which doesn't work on mobile, as well as many tablets, etc. came across as overly petty, and the rest of the news media is now calling them out on it.
UPDATE 2: CNBC reached out to comment, and had the following to say:
"Again, we think that the clip featuring Senator Warren is well worth watching which is why it has been available to view in multiple locations on CNBC.com since its original posting. The original, copyrighted video clip, like all others on CNBC.com, can be embedded on any third party site through our video player."
Unfortunately, their embed system doesn't work on mobile and tends to break sites, so I've made them aware of the issue. They have graciously uploaded the clip to their YouTube channel to accommodate us and you can watch it below. I start it from when the original clip started, but you can rewind and hear everything Sen. Warren had to say prior to clip start by clicking on the start of the timeline.
The problem with these kind of blanket attempts to stop spread of information doesn't really work.. and if you've missed it before, it's time to take a look.
CNBC isn't taking it sitting down, they are out there, fighting the image that they were beat.
There is some weird strain of thought that CNBC got beaten by Senator Warren. I like the senator but she had NO impact. Sorry..— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) July 17, 2013
But as far as I'm concerned, you know you're beat when you go out of the way to limit people's ability to see it happen.