YouTube’s copyright (non)issues


Isn’t Google worried about YouTube’s copyright issues?



Every article and blog posting that mentions YouTube (and now GooTube) says something about “ooh, but what if the scary copyright police strike down on YouTube.”

They won’t.

So please shut up already.

TV and movie studios know that lots of people are shifting from TV to the Web. And, for now, YouTube is the place where we watch this stuff.

And most importantly, YouTube is trying to play nicely with the studios, working on deals to cut copyright owners in on the ad revenue. This changes the way content producers have been getting paid for the past 50 years. It’s not perfect, but you have to admit it’s a compelling pitch.

Sure, the studios are a little worried about the shift to the Web. But unlike Napster, which had no clear revenue opportunities, it’s easy to put ads on YouTube. It’s the studios’ wet dream — not their enemy.

All those YouTube haters? They’re just mad knowing that if they started a website that freely distributed copyrighted video, they’d be shut down in a jiffy. And they would, but that’s because they’re not as smart as YouTube.

YouTube’s brilliance? Making friends in high places, not enemies.

Rock on,

4 Responses to “YouTube’s copyright (non)issues”

  1. 1 Anonymous October 11, 2006 at 12:04 am

    Yeah, one on you. Two against all the player haters. They sounds like the French. Oh no the roof is on fire.

  2. 3 moivypoinna December 12, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Many of people write about this matter but you wrote down really true words!!

  3. 4 dsp October 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

    It’s 2010 and boy were you wrong. There are so many ads on You Tube now for movies and products. I can’t even count all the accounts that were deleted for copyright infringement. Viacom had a lawsuit against Google.

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