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I Can Just Imagine the 24 Season Organized Around This Plot Line:

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

20th Century Fox served YouTube with a subpoena Wednesday demanding the Google-owned viral video site disclose the identity of a user who uploaded copies of entire recent episodes of primetime series "24" and "The Simpsons".

The subpoena, which first came to light on the blog Google, was granted by a judge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after being filed ... on January 18. It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request....

The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena....

Thanks to BNA's Internet Law News for the pointer.

Abdul (mail):
The episode where Jack Bauer pistol-whips a nerd illegaly uploading "Family Guy" is the episode in which 24 jumps the shark.
1.26.2007 9:30am
Thorley Winston (mail) (www):
I’m curious how YouTube and Google would know that. It seems to me that anyone can register with an alias and provide fake contact information to set up an account. I can understand FOX being upset as it apparently was put on the web before it was shown on TV which suggests it could be an inside job.

That being said, I do like Google Video for making it possible for those of us in the States to finally see Torchwood.
1.26.2007 10:44am
Just John:
Future headline: "Time Magazine's Man of the Year Arrested"
1.26.2007 7:22pm