P.P.S. Sorry if the above is a tad too sarcastic for you.
I didn't take it as sarcastic; I took it as childish and willfully ignorant.
This is not about what you can or should do, to quote Vinnie Terranova, "This is about the law, man."
Just because a speed sign says the limit is 70MPH, that doesn't stop people from exceeding the limit. Police may or may not enforce the law; but that doesn't change the law. The penalty for getting caught is the same.
As to video clips, I think it's pretty clear that Youtube and Google Video and lots of other viral marketing sites do a fantastic job of causing people to purchase music and movies and such as a result of being exposed to a video. Strategically, I think Viacom shot themselves in the foot when they sent their 900lb Gorilla Takedown Notice to Google. but that's just my opinion (and that of Fox, Disney, and lots of other rights owners who are not pressing for the same effect on Youtube.)
The point I attempted to make is it's still the rights owner who is the person to make the call whether it's okay to post a clip; not fanboys with good intentions. Just because much of the Internet world suffers from the "But I Want To..." disease doesn't change things. Conversely, smart owners don't pitch a fit until they have to.
As usual, in the event you
ever produce intellectual property of any financial value, you'll likely change your tune. Max wrote a column for Stan years ago that touched on the differences between amateurs and professionals. I think that applies here as well.
Your turn to be snarky.