I too see the irony in Mike’s amazement that an attorney from YouTube has sent Techcrunch a cease and desist letter for copyright infringement.
The real criticism analysts, bloggers, legal types, and traditional media have is with YouTube content infringing on the copyrights of protected materials. In the last weeks since the YouTube acquisition from Google, YouTube has been purging some content.
This tool provided by Techcrunch allows users to download the video to one’s hard drive. From a web strategy standpoint, this would move the eyeballs away from the YouTube website, where potential ad revenues and other contextual information may be available.
I suspect with new parents, YouTube is doing everything they can do to stay clean.
Lastly, I find it ironic that YouTube attorney sent Mike an email, voice message, which he could barely find, as he’s quite the popular guy. Perhaps they should have left the cease and desist information in his comments, or from a blog, which is a preffered communication medium among us web types!