Hollywood Reporter writes today that after Viacom forced YouTube to remove 100,000 clips from their site, the MTV & Friends juggernaut has now worked out a deal with Joost, an Internet video site still in its beta stage. (Joost was founded by Skype creators Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom.) Under the agreement, “The company will provide new and old television programming on the site, with shows like “Real World,” “Flavor of Love,” and “Beavis and Butthead,” along with full-length feature films from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage and Paramount Classics.” And yes, it’s apparently all for free. No details on the agreement or exactly why they chose to go with Joost instead of work out something with YouTube, although it’s no secret that MTV and YouTube have been playing this back-and-forth copyrights game for some time—and then there is that whole competitor situation.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 21, 2007