YouTube’s Questionable Copyright Business Model

This story has been updated. Original CopyCense coverage: Feb. 7, 2006.

“Over the last few weeks, I have been looking at YouTube until my head hurts.

“YouTube is an amateur video-sharing site that had its official debut on Dec. 15, after a seven-month public development.

“Assenting to YouTube’s terms of use, a potential uploader must aver that he has the necessary licenses and permissions for each clip he uploads, including the consent of every person in the clip. The assurance of the uploader is all that’s asked for, at least until a copyright holder with a potential copyright issue approaches the company.”

Ben Ratliff. A New Trove of Music Video in the Web’s Wild World. The New York Times. February 3, 2006.

See also: Building a Business Based on Copyright Infringement (or, “Bad business idea #487”). Feb. 3, 2006.


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Written by sesomedia

06/13/2006 at 08:45

Posted in Web & Online

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