Robert Cringely takes issue with YouTube's blind compliance with DMCA requests by looking at a pulled interview that reportedly potentially poses problems for Steve Jobs in regards to a lawsuit between Apple and The problem is that the actual copyright holder, Oregon Public Broadcasting, never filed a request, but it was pulled in the name of NBD Television.

But that's all boring and totally irrelevant to the clip's entertainment value. The above is a revised version of the pulled clip. Original quote in its entirety after the jump.

Ultimately it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things in to what you're doing. I mean Picasso had a saying, he said good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.


I smell a sweet flame war in the making.

Broadcast Denied [I, Cringely via Slashdot]