Some of you may remember (but most of you probably don’t) a Random Review I did a while back about the website nickreboot.com, where you could watch a live stream of your favorite late 90’s-early 2000’s Nickelodeon cartoons, plus some old commercials to really evoke your nostalgia.
The inner six year old in me was leaping for joy in her moon boots when I saw that I could watch old Rugrats and Arnold episodes like the way I used to on TV– with a set schedule and fun commercials in between. I wanted to bring it to others’ attention because I thought it was such a genius idea. And it was.
Luckily, no one really reads my blogs, and while I’m sure at least one spam-bot saw it, the website didn’t get a lot of attention from my advertising (although I did get a retweet from the site; whoo whoo). That’s a good thing because if a lot of people did read it, then what has happened now would have happened a lot sooner, and I would have never been able to re-watch the episode where all the babies got naked.
Unfortunately, the awesomeness that was Nick Reboot could not be contained, and more popular news outlets like The Huffington Post and Entertainment Weekly started to publicize the website. And you know the old saying, “No publicity is bad publicity?” Well this wasn’t “bad” publicity– all the articles had positive reviews– but the consequences were.
In a Facebook post, the owner of the website explained how he was forced to shut the site down due to the increased attention. This attention, he said, would most likely lead to legal action by Viacom, the all and mighty god of cable television.
To quote, “Even though nick reboot was non-profit, this amount of publicity will almost certainly force Viacom to come to a legal decision about us (what precedence will it set if they let it slide?). In this day and age, I am absolutely horrified of what that might mean for myself, my loved ones, and for anyone else who was involved. ”
This is an important reminder to those who may be mad at him for taking such action. Viacom has not shown much mercy to those who dare cross their copyright regulations. They’re the ones who took on YouTube on many occasions for supposed violations; while they may have lost on many of these occasions, nickreboot.com does not have as much power (i.e money) as the online video giant to defend itself. It’s reasonable to assume that Viacom is already forming their own little mafia set on finding copyright violators, gutting them alive, and tossing their bodies into cyberspace.
Taking this into consideration, the site shutdown is more than understandable.
Putting in a sweet sentiment to fans of the site, he adds, “I want to thank you for your continued support over the past (almost) 2 years. Seeing the joy that you guys get from this site is really what it’s all about. I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to bring so much happiness into so many different lives. Your childhood is a very valuable thing – please never let it go. We’re all going to look in the mirror one day and see an old gray haired stranger staring back at us, but it’s our memories that will always be familiar. Hold on to who you are and never grow up.”
And thank you, Jason, for taking us back into our childhood, even if only for a brief period, and letting us relive the simplicity of a time forgotten. I wish you better luck in all your future ventures.
Here is the link to the whole post if you want to see it: http://t.co/UoxRP2Hgem
Your beloved blogger,
P.S. I didn’t intend on putting up another post on the same day as my last (which was written a couple days ago) so HAPPY THANKSGIVING again. Indulge in your glutenous desires, darlings.