“Not-Quite-Public” Television

A couple of weeks ago I posted a hilarious video of Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Riders singing “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” on Austin City Limits.  That YouTube video now displays this message:

Apparently “public” television isn’t as public as we all thought it was. Public television is paid for the members who support it, rather than by the sell of commercial airtime.  It is available for free to the public.  Copyright holders own certain intellectual property and do not give it away in order to make a profit.  It it’s public why is there a copyright claim to be made?

This is one of the best videos of any kind I’ve seen on the internet in a long time.  Unfortunately I can’t see it again nor show it to anybody else.  Thank you Texas, and the good people of Not-So-Public After All Television.

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