Updated: Set Bugs Free 2: YouTube v Google Video

A reader just sent me a note saying hey man, the BEST Bugs cartoon is Rabbit of Seville. So I go to YouTube to remind myself of this classic. But…it's DOWN!!! That's, what, three days it's been down (since my rant on Friday)???? Update: YouTube has the cartoon (illegal,…

Mar2A reader just sent me a note saying hey man, the BEST Bugs cartoon is Rabbit of Seville. So I go to YouTube to remind myself of this classic. But…it’s DOWN!!! That’s, what, three days it’s been down (since my rant on Friday)???? Update: YouTube has the cartoon (illegal, is my guess), and was not down – I had a caching issue), so I’m changing the headline of this post.

What is up with that? So I go to Google Video — NOTHING. I go to regular old Google, and here’s info. But can I play it in real time, can I get my fix RIGHT NOW? No, I can’t. I can order a g’damn DVD (no thanks), but I can’t play the damn thing. WHY?!

I swear to God, if we could just harness this, pay for it with advertising in real time, with cross promotions, shit, just the value of cross promotion to Warner/Time Warner/etc. would be worth it….and would it cut into DVD sales? NO!!!! It’d probably promote them!!!

OK, enough Bugs ranting. What’s YOUR favorite Bugs? I know, I know….it involves the martian, right?!

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

12 thoughts on “Updated: Set Bugs Free 2: YouTube v Google Video”

  1. Alas I’m forgetting my favorite tune at the moment, but I have to raise my glass to John’s fiery post! Did the media industry learn nothing from the VCR?! Do the ad-deal, get the content out there, and raise all boats in the flood!!!

  2. It would be a tie: the Barber of Seville (for those cool barber chairs that raced upward into the air) and Long-Haired Hare (Bugs as Leopold, directing the opera singer who literally brings down the house with his high note at the end).

  3. That’s odd Michael – the first result works perfectly for me. Click on it, hit “play video” and you get a Quicktime video. It’s large, so takes a while to load but it’s the right one I believe.

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