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In this interesting follow-up story by ARS, Viacom, owners of Comedy Central, support the fair use of video clips by bloggers. In an earlier report by Hollywood Reporter, it appeared Viacom was going to go after bloggers who posted slips of the Daily Show or Colbert Report.

But this was wrong. According to Jeremy Zweig of Viacom, “Frankly, fair use works for us. I can’t recall a time we’ve ever sued a blogger for the use of a Comedy Central clip, and there’s no reason to believe that would be more likely today.”

While is seems likely Viacom will go after larger sites that make money off their content, as they have every right to do, it is nice to see a large commercial entity stand up for (or at least not go after) fair use and individual and non-commercial) bloggers.

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