YouTube Shows Double Standard with Cease & Desist Letter

If Michael Arrington hadn’t posted the actual cease and desist letter from YouTube’s attorney, I probably wouldn’t have believed the company had asked him to remove a tool that allows people to download and store YouTube videos.

It’s extremely hypocritical that YouTube so freely violates the copyright of so many video creators, yet feel they need to prevent others from accessing their content – which isn’t even there’s, as Arrington explains.

Given that downloads, with proper copyright attribution, are permitted under the Terms of Use, it seems like there is no problem at all for a user to download a video for personal use and put it on his or her iPod.

Arrington further suggests that this could just be YouTube covering its butt, by sending the letter, with no real intention of following-up. Either way, the letter is plain crazy.

Guy Kawasaki’s Keynote of PubCon

Barry has a summary of Guy Kawasaki’s keynote address at PubCon. It sounds awfully similar to the one he gave at TiECon earlier this year.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great keynote, but I hope Brett didn’t pay too much for the same presentation. :-)

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106 Blog Ideas for Real Estate Agents

I mentioned Saturday, an article that provided 21 link bait ideas for real estate agents. The authors at FamousAgents.com (disclaimer ~ they’re a client) have now released 106 different content ideas for Realtors struggling to find something to write about.

If you’re in the real estate business and are struggling with ideas for your blog, you’ll find juicy suggestions, such as:

8. Create an ebook. Example: “(Your name)’s Guide to Buying Real Estate in (your area). Make it a step by step guide to let your clients know exactly what it’s going to be like to buy real estate in your state.

Finally Heading to Vegas

After a one-day trip to NYC yesterday, I’m now ready to head to PubCon Las Vegas. Blogging may be light for the remainder of the week.

If you’re at PubCon, please stop and say hi. :-)

Update: Stuck at the airport! My flight was delayed and I now won’t get to Vegas until after 7pm. If you’re there, leave a comment with details of any parties tonight. Cheers! :-)

Reuters Buys Stake in Pluck

Reuters has announced they’ve invested $7 million in to Pluck which operates the recently formed BlogBurst distribution network for blogs.

[BlogBurst] connects newspapers and other media sites to 2,800 selected blogs, helping traditional media supplement their journalism with blog viewpoints…Reuters plans to offer Pluck’s BlogBurst blog syndication service to thousands of its media customers worldwide, the London-based company said.

Plucks decision to shutdown its RSS reader now makes a little more sense. Reuters obviously wants the company to focus on BlogBurst and the deal gives them a stake in consumer generated news.

Blog Queries Now Showing in Google Webmaster Tools

If you use Google’s Webmaster Tools, you’ll be please to learn that you can now view top performing keywords via blog search.

Hat-tip to Rubel.

New Look and New Focus for Valleywag

Nick Denton’s not too pleased with the path Nick Douglas was taking Valleywag, so he’s kicked him out, changed the look of the site and announced a new focus on more hard-hitting news.

Personally, I liked the old look better and traditional valley reporters are abundant on the web. Oh well, I guess it’s all about the greenbacks.