Reports have been leaking in from all over the Colbertophileosphere that Comedy Central is starting to send out Cease and Desist letters to YouTube subscribers who have posted Colbert Report clips as well as having YouTube yank the clips down. This has happened to multiple people – this is not an isolated event.
The glory days of YouTube are officially over. I knew it would happen, but I never thought it would happen only three months after I started up this web site. (sigh) Now, all is not *totally* lost. Comedy Central does have Motherload. However, one cannot post Motherload clips onto a blog, or bookmark them and save as favorites, or actually play them with any relative ease. But at least it’s something.
There is also another glimmer of hope. Actually two. First, there is a website, KeepVid.com, that allows people to save YouTube clips as .FLV files, and also offers a free FLV file player. The files aren’t too terribly big. The “I Have a Dreamsicle” file below, for example, was only 6.11 MB.
Secondly, if you have Tivo, you can download the Tivo Desktop Manager, and then purchase MyDVD from Sonic ($50 online) and burn all of your favorite episodes onto DVD-R. You can fit quite a few episodes onto one DVD. That’s my next project for my Tivo.
At any rate, for your viewing enjoyment as long as it doesn’t get yanked by the Comedy Central legal department, here’s one of my favorite segments from The Colbert Report – “I have a Dreamsicle!”