Mixed messages? Ah yes - mixed messages...
With the legal quagmire the entertainment industry has created for itself, it doesn't surprise me that sort of thing is happening. Yet another demonstration of how the current laws surrounding the entertainment industry don't work.
Boing-Boing contacted South Park
co-creator Matt Stone.http://boingboing.net/200...rk-site.html#previouspost
Here's what Matt had to say. (Note: I took the liberty of bold-texting the relevant lines in Boing-Boing's article.
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have just debuted a new version of the South Park Studios website with Comedy Central, where - with Darth Viacom's blessing - you can now stream any episode from any of the show's 12 seasons.
Reached by email this afternoon, Matt Stone tells Boing Boing:
"Every South Park episode and billions of clips have been online for years on YouTube or BitTorrent (...) we've always loved the fact that more people in more places could see our little show. The new website just makes it easier for people to see and share South Park.
Eventually every episode and clip will be available everywhere in the world. There is a tangle of contracts that Comedy Central has with different cable companies and territories that are preventing us from that right now. But hopefully it won't be long.
Basically, we just got really sick of having to download our own show illegally all the time. So we gave ourselves a legal alternative."
Look at it this way: It can only get worse!