The Rise of Clip Culture

May 2006

Television, internet
By Professor Michael Geist. 
Michael holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. He can be reached at

The popularity of the websites that allow people to share short video snippets is leading to the rise of a clip culture, writes internet law professor Michael Geist. But services such as YouTube, which streams 15 million videos each day, face the anger of copyright owners when clips from existing TV programmes – which of course include music promo videos and clips from concerts – are put up in the site.

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