Is the TechCrunch empire the new online "daytime TV?"
Michael Arrington not only delights in airing his "dirty laundry," he pleads his cases, legal and otherwise, via the TechCrunch network.
Cruchnotes recently posted "13 year old girl writing in her diary" musings on the "mommy sites" battles for TechCrunch love.
Arrington's latest installment in a "controversy is interesting" traffic-building strategy: "Huh? YouTube sends TechCrunch a Cease & Desist."
Arrington is currently reaching out to his legions of TechCrunchers for support in battling Google's YouTube for what he believes is his right to create "a small tool that lets people download YouTube videos to their hard drives."
The entire C & D letter sent from attorneys representing the legal interests of YouTube is posted at TechCrunch; Arrington summarizes his reaction with his trademark succinct, earthy phraseology: "Well, crap."
TechCrunchers are indeed rallying to the support of "underdog" TechCrunch. Commenter "goodspeed" offers:
Don’t worry, Michael. As you put it down I’ll gladly host the tool on my server where it will be far from their legal claws.