Monday, July 28, 2008

RedLasso shuts down service to bloggers

RedLasso, which has offered a search-and-clip video sharing service to bloggers, will no longer do so. The site will continue to act as a clipping service for paying clients who wish to track video content, but copyright infringement lawsuits by NBC and FOX "News" have forced it to shutter the free service that lets bloggers create clips and post them to their websites.

"We are very disappointed in the actions of select networks," said Redlasso Chief Executive Ken Hayward in a statement. "We believe we have always acted within the law and have been respectful of the networks' rights."

He added, "They have forced our hand and are denying the blogging community access to the Redlasso platform that beneficially tracks the usage of newsworthy clips across the Web."

Hayward said Redlasso will continue discussions with all content providers during the suspension.

Although Redlasso hired former CBS Corp CEO Michael Jordan earlier this year to help smooth relations with the media industry, television networks have complained that the company violated copyright laws by running unauthorized clips and full-length programs of shows including "The Tonight Show" and "The Fox Report with Shepard Smith."

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