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Oscar Videos Get Yanked From YouTube

28 Feb, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences isn't sharing its Oscars with Youtubers.

Shortly after the Academy Award broadcast on ABC Sunday Feb. 25, the epic-length show was sliced and diced into smaller segments by users posting clips of their favorite moments on Google-owned site Youtube.com.

By Wednesday, the Academy reportedly had ordered Youtube to take down any and all clips from the show, including favorite views such as the Jack Black, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly comedy song-and-dance number.

At the official site for all things Oscar — www.oscar.com — fans of the event can catch plenty of video from the show, including the “nominee” montage that opened the broadcast, video clips of show highlights including acceptance speeches, presenters and bits of host Ellen Degeneres' monologue, as well as behind-the-scenes footage including the “Thank You Cam,” a backstage camera devoted to letting winners fill in any thank yous left blank as they were rushed offstage by theme music.

But even sanctioned Oscar video won't hang around the Internet forever. Ric Robertson, head administrator of the Academy, told Variety the Academy would be removing all video clips from its own Web site soon in order to pique interest in next year's show.

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