I was just on Phantom there doing the aul Life Online slot. This week, it's all about Balcony TV having their content removed from YouTube for no apparant reason. For those of you who aren't familiar with Balcony TV, it's a brilliant Internet TV series of short programmes involving a live performance and a chat with an Irish band or musician broadcast from a Dame St balcony.
It seems Balcony TV may have got mixed up in the YouTube/Viacom spat that has seen 100,000 video clips removed from YouTube at Viacom's request citing copyright infringement, although it remains unclear what Balcony TV's violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act cited by YouTube was; a t-shirt, a billboard in the background? Who knows. Funnily enough, Viacom have just announced that they want to set up their own video-sharing website.
It's another giant headache for YouTube who were subpoenaed last month by News Corp's Fox Network, who want details of Fox programmes (The Simpsons, 24 etc) uploaded on YouTube. Of course, News Corp own MySpace, who in turn have their own video facility.
For now, Balcony TV have relocated to MySpace Video, and you can keep up with their latest news on MySpace.com/BalconyTV