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CBS Digital Chief: Networks Must Embrace 'User Editors'

3 Minute Ad Age: May 7, 2008

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The traditional television business has no choice but to ultimately find ways to embrace online fans who copy, re-edit and upload networks' copyrighted content, CBS digital chief Quincy Smith told the IAB Leadership Forum his week. President of CBS Interactive who oversees all the company's digital efforts, Mr. Smith said the "users have seen what they can do with" video and its "ridiculous" to think anything will stop them. "Media needs to be more comfortable with users as editors," he said. He also slammed the wireless industry for making the U.S. like a "sixth-world nation" with consumer-unfriendly mobile phone systems.

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