I had a very friendly conversation with TVW President and CEO Greg Lane this afternoon, and I think we came away with a mutual understanding about our little dispute.
TVW would like its coverage to be distributed as widely as possible, but they don’t want it to appear like they are responsible for editing or excerpting their raw footage. We bloggers, on the other hand, can’t very well illustrate our commentary by inserting a link with an instruction to, say, scroll to the 52 minute mark.
To accommodate both our needs, TVW is working on a technical solution: a flash player that we can embed into our posts—like YouTube—but with a contiguous time sequence as an optional parameter. We get an easier way to select and present pertinent excerpts, and TVW assures the integrity of their coverage by serving it themselves.
I think that’s a win-win. Of course, it doesn’t prevent anybody from downloading events and editing together clip reels, but my guess is the vast majority of bloggers will simply opt for the embedded player out of convenience alone. I figure that’s what I’ll do.
As for the contested clip, Lane informs me that they did request it be pulled back on Friday, and that YouTube has confirmed receipt of their request… but so far it’s still available for your viewing pleasure.
(©2006 TVW. View full source here.)
YouTube has finally pulled the clip, so I’ve uploaded it to LiveLeak: