Viacom just made piracy fair game

UPDATE: Daily Show full episodes are back up on Hulu and the show’s site, but I’m sticking to my word.

This wasn’t my fight.

I don’t have DirecTV, but I find myself unable to legally obtain The Daily Show online as Viacom has decided to take its ball and go home in its fight with the satellite provider, yanking full episodes from the Web. That’ll show DirecTV subscribers. And cable cutters like me will be collateral damage.

And the chain reaction continues. I put my Hulu Plus subscription on hold since Viacom also yanked its shows from that service (Daily Show is my only summer use).

I’ve exhausted all the legal options I know of to consume your shows online, Viacom. You’re punishing the nice guy who happily shuts off ad blocker when he’s on Hulu, who paid monthly for Hulu Plus, who visited shows’ sites and sat through the ads there when Hulu took too long to post shows.

I don’t care who wins between you and DirecTV.

But I will continue to watch The Daily Show. Even when your pissing match with DirecTV is up, I will not watch in such a way that provides you revenue, even if I must do so beyond legal means.

This wasn’t my fight. But I have no problem taking a swing at you.