Late last month . . . Viacom put the screws to Star Wars-loving North Carolinian Christopher Knight for posting his own TV ad to the world’s most popular video-sharing web site. Yes, he also posted a sliver of Viacom-owned content, but most of the video was his – and he wasn’t doing anything Viacom hadn’t already done to him. Nonetheless, Viacom ordered YouTube to yank the clip – in which Knight waves a light sabre at federal legislation – and our hero received a digital form letter threatening to destroy his account.
But Jedi Knight filed a counter-complaint, risking a lawsuit from Sumner Redstone and company, and for once, YouTube justice was served. Viacom eventually bowed to internet common sense, and late Tuesday night, the clip was restored.
The fact that the guy’s name is Knight adds a certain,uh, coincidence to the story.