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Media companies have started sending a message that they view Google as the enemy. Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons described Google and its ilk as Custer in his last stand.

“The Googles of the world, they are the Custer of the modern world. We are the Sioux nation,” Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Richard Parsons said, referring to the Civil War American general George Custer who was defeated by Native Americans in a battle dubbed “Custer’s Last Stand”.

Custer fell in a massacre, overwhelmed by a better-equiped army. No doubt Google wants to avoid his fate.

“They will lose this war if they go to war,” Parsons added, “The notion that the new kids on the block have taken over is a false notion.”

It’s funny, all this over user copyright violations. The RIAA mismanaged their war, attacking the consumer directly and causing a lot of bad blood, but before that they attacked the networks, destroying company after company until all that was left was a weak, decentralized, trackable system.

The TV industry is going after the money, after Google, in a battle even the RIAA saw as a pointless game of whack-a-mole. The RIAA first destroyed the networks, although none of them were owned by a $146 billion company. In theory, a network could have had a chance, but none had the resources to defend themselves. Google does, and if it can beat back this charge, the TV industry will have managed to screw themselves worse than the recording industry did.

Still, the real news is: The media companies are pissed, and are hungry for this fight.

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