File this one under "I" for "I'm Always The Last One to Find Out About These Things".
Monty Python has its own YouTube Channel, where they've uploaded high-quality clips of their best stuff (the one above is hereby dedicated to Calvin).
Their reasons are pretty straightforward: They want you to buy their stuff, and if it's going to pop up on YouTube anyway it might as well be them putting it there.
That said, it seems to be working:
And you know what? Despite the entertainment industry’s constant cries about how bad they’re doing, it works. As we wrote yesterday, Monty Python’s DVDs climbed to No. 2 on Amazon’s Movies & TV bestsellers list, with increased sales of 23,000 percent.
Hat tip to Cynical-C for the story.