Chad Hurley: YouTube to share revenue with video creators

January 31, 2007

News: At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley announced plans to share revenue with people who post videos that become popular on YouTube.“We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users,” Hurley said. “So in the coming months we are going to be opening that up.” (More here)

Analysis: I’ve listened to some YouTube users’ reactions, and they see this development as both good and bad. The fears are that YouTube will lose its “community” ethos and become just another “corporate” site. On the other hand, some people spend a lot of time creating videos for YouTube that generate traffic to the site, so why shouldn’t they get paid? Both sentiments strike me as legitimate.

I’m more fascinated by the copyright issues that could become more intensified under a revenue-sharing model. If the video creators are profiting from videos that are based in part on some copyright infringed clips, and if YouTube pays those creators, then the claims of copyright liability against both the creators and YouTube becomes even more serious. Once money is involved, the video creators’ “borrowing” of content from others — let’s say some copyrighted music synched without authorization — becomes even more tenuous under fair use analysis. And YouTube’s position with respect to the creators would become more akin to an agency relationship, potentially opening it up to stronger vicarious liability claims. Without a concrete plan to examine, it’s too hard to say how serious these risks are. But any plan would obviously need to consider the copyright issues raised by revenue sharing.

Mia Rose: I’m “the most viewed person ever” on YouTube

January 31, 2007

News:  “I’m YouTube’s Biggest Hit” details the story of teen singer Mia Rose from London.  She’s being represented by Damien Estrich, who runs the channel on YouTube called YourTubeNews.  It’s suggested in the article that Mia Rose may sign with Atlantic Records.

Mia Rose stated, “I can’t believe everything has happened so quickly. I was six when I started singing and I haven’t stopped since.  My passion has always been singing and a couple of my friends told me about YouTube. They said the YouTube community was fantastic and uploading videos would be a great way to promote my music.  Within a matter of weeks I became the most viewed person ever on the site. Next thing I had record companies offering me contracts.  It’s such a fairytale, to think just a month or so ago I was singing on YouTube and now I could be joining artists such as James Blunt and Craig David at one of the biggest record companies in the world.  I can’t wait to introduce the world to my music and I’m itching to get into the studio to start recording.”

Analysis: It’s great to see YouTube discover unknown talent.  I wonder, though, who told Mia Rose that she was “the most viewed person ever.”  I doubt that’s accurate.

Terra Naomi, The Utube Blog interview, Part 3

January 31, 2007


The Utube Blog: OK, let’s turn to some easy, short answer questions. I promise not to ask any Barbara Walters, what kind of tree would you be questions, but let’s start with, Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Terra: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Radiohead, David Bowie, and Mozart.

The Utube Blog: Who are you listening to on your iPod right now?

Terra: Imogen Heap, Laughing Hyenas, and Radiohead.

The Utube Blog: Favorite movie?

Terra: Right now it’s “West Side Story.”

The Utube Blog: Favorite book?

: Right now it’s “Midnight’s Children.”

The Utube Blog: Ever watch American Idol?

Terra: Nope.

The Utube Blog: You might be the only one in America based on last week’s Idol ratings… Any New Year’s resolutions?

Terra: Nope. Every New Year’s Day I make a list of things which will happen in the coming year. Goals, wishes, intentions… this year there are about 60 I think.

The Utube Blog: Describe a typical day in the life of Terra Naomi.

Terra: These days I get up, walk my dog Elliott, read MySpace messages and emails, make any phone calls I need to make, go to the gym or yoga, and then to the studio where I spend the rest of the day/evening. I’m loving that!

The Utube Blog: Yeah, sounds like a nice gig. What’s one interesting fact about you that even some of your friends don’t know?

Terra: Honestly, I am guilty of giving out WAY too much information. I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t told someone. Even my mom and dad know every detail of my life—much to the dismay of some of my ex-boyfriends!

The Utube Blog: At the law school where I teach, some of my students are in a band called the “Backup Plan.” The name is kind of a joke about what would happen if they didn’t make it as lawyers. Let’s just imagine that Terra Naomi was still undiscovered, or the music thing just hadn’t worked out. What would your backup plan be?

Terra: Great name—I would probably be living on my mom and dad’s couch. Or in my car.

The Utube Blog: Well, thank heavens for us you don’t need to go to your backup plan! The world is a better place for it. You are definitely the best thing YouTube has discovered so far. I think I’ll end on that note, thanks so much for sharing with us, Terra! Look forward to your next album.

Terra: Thank you!!!

Part 1 of the Interview with Terra Naomi

Part 2 of the Interview with Terra Naomi 

Terra Naomi, The Utube Blog interview, Part 2

January 30, 2007


The Utube Blog I really, really love “Close to Your Head.” On YouTube, you say that you were inspired to write the song by an encouraging comment you received from someone on YouTube. What was the comment?

Terra: He literally wrote “the stars are close to your head.” I don’t think English was his first language and it was such a beautiful sentiment. Before I knew it I had written the song “Close to Your Head.”

The Utube Blog: When you write a song, do you write the lyrics and music at the same time or together? Does one come before the other? You seem to be able to compose very quickly — “Say It’s Possible” in 5 minutes.

Terra: It depends—there is no one process when I write a song—sometimes everything comes together, like “Say It’s Possible,” and other times I write the melody and chords first, then the lyrics, and vice versa.

The Utube Blog: On April 9, 2006, you wrote on your blog that you wrote the most important song you have ever written? Which song was that? And do you still feel that way about it?

Terra: That song is “Something Good to Show You. I wrote it after singing backup for Neil Young’s album “Living with War.” I do still believe that it is one of my most important songs. I won’t say “most important” because I think “Say It’s Possible” is also a big one for me. “Something Good to Show You” is a political song and I had not written a political song up to that point.

The Utube Blog: Besides the recording contract, what’s been the biggest change in your life since you’ve been discovered?

Terra: Well, all the recent changes in my life relate to that one big change. But before the recording contract I think it was the realization that my music could reach people around the world. And not only reach them, but inspire them. I always thought that was possible, but seeing it actually happen was such an incredible affirmation. I stopped caring whether I ever got signed, whether I got the approval from the industry, because I saw that the real people of the world were embracing me. I make my music for those people, not for the music industry.

Part 1 of the Interview with Terra Naomi

[Tomorrow: Part 3 of The Utube Blog’s interview with Terra Naomi]

Terra Naomi, The Utube Blog interview, Part 1

January 29, 2007


The Utube Blog: Hi, Terra, thanks for taking some time to chat with us. OK, let’s get right to the song that made you famous, “Say It’s Possible.” When I watched your original YouTube video, it stopped me in my tracks. It’s what I call a showstopping performance. I’m sure that many others have felt the same way, given the over 1 million views the video generated and the many people from all parts of the world covering it. Why do you think this song resonates so much with people, or is it still a mystery?

Terra: First of all, thank you! I’m not really sure what it was about that video/song. I think part of it was the stark, honest performance—me in front of my video camera, no frills, no edits—I don’t think people are used to seeing that these days. The rest is sort of a mystery. I wrote it in about 5 minutes—everything just flowed out of me, the words, the melody, the chord pattern—and I think it came from an honest place inside of me that other people can relate to.

The Utube Blog: Five minutes?–that’s incredible. You have a real gift. Now, I’ve read that it was your manager’s idea for you to give a “virtual tour” on the Internet after you decided not to tour on the road. Who is your manager, and where did he or you get such a crazy idea? Be honest, did you actually think it would work?

Terra: My manager/producer is a supremely talented and lovely man named Paul Fox. He made records for XTC, 10,000 Maniacs, the Sugarcubes, the Wallflowers, Semisonic—and many more. I was sitting in his studio one day and I just couldn’t handle the thought of going out on the road again on my own…those solo tours were unbelievably grueling. So the two of us came up with the idea that I should film myself and post … I decided to name it “the Virtual Summer Tour.” We honestly thought that maybe 1,000 people would see them at the most.

The Utube Blog: What drew you to YouTube, anyways? You could have launched your virtual tour on MySpace music or your own website. Why YouTube?

Terra: YouTube was actually an afterthought. I had never used the site. I had an account set up because a friend had made a live performance video of “The Vicodin Song” at one of my hotel cafe shows and he suggested posting it on YouTube. So I did. But I had never used the site other than to post the video. MySpace had recently started its video hosting section so I posted my videos there. A few days later, as an afterthought, Paul said, “Why don’t you post them on YouTube, too?”

The Utube Blog: That was a pretty good afterthought. YouTube’s probably not an afterthought to anyone any longer. By the way, in the video in which you visit YouTube’s offices, one of YouTube’s reps appears to say, if I heard correctly, that your dad emailed YouTube pointing out your video for “Say It’s Possible.” Was it really your dad? If it was, will he get a cut of your future royalties?

Terra: Haha—no—it was not my dad. I didn’t go back to check on this, but she probably said “Chad” as in Chad Hurley. Apparently Chad stumbled upon my video soon after I posted it and then forwarded it to a few other people at his company, including the woman who was responsible for choosing the featured videos. According to this woman, she watched it 5 times and then put it on the front page.

The Utube Blog: No way, Chad Hurley…the cofounder of YouTube? Wow, that guy has many talents–not only running a company, but finding the next great musical talent. Chad Hurley deserves the many thanks of all your music fans. But I think after Google bought YouTube Chad probably won’t be needing a cut of your royalties. Regardless, your virtual tour on YouTube was a huge success, giving you exposure and leading to a major recording contract. But, now with your success, do you think you will continue your virtual tour on YouTube?

Terra: Well, I don’t call it a virtual tour anymore—that was really just a summer 2006 thing—but yes, I will definitely continue posting videos. I’ve been busy in the studio lately, but I plan to start posting videos again very soon.

[Tomorrow: Part 2 of The Utube Blog’s interview with Terra Naomi]

This week: interview with singer Terra Naomi

January 28, 2007

Since I’ve been following YouTube, I don’t know how many videos I’ve surfed through. But if you asked me what are the two most important YouTube videos created so far, I think my choices would be quite easy to make.

(1) The first video is the more infamous video of then-Senator George Allen calling his opponent Jim Webb’s video guy a “macaca.” This video probably gave the Democrats the control of Congress, after Webb was able to pull out a close victory that put the Dems over the top in the Senate.

(2) The second video is Terra Naomi’s “Say It’s Possible.” It’s the video that proved that musicians can be discovered on YouTube, it proved what’s possible on YouTube.

This week, The Utube Blog will feature an exclusive interview with Terra Naomi, who was generous enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to share her thoughts about YouTube, her music, and much more. Stay tuned.

Video of the week: Pelosi blinks before Cheney (many times) on Letterman + Colbert

January 26, 2007

“This is the kind of thing I don’t think you’ll see on any other show,” said David Letterman. He was wrong. Stephen Colbert ran the exact same joke on the same night, during the same hour, and Colbert may have been even funnier (see Colbert joke). What are the odds of that — brilliant minds think…?

More conspiracy theories about Mia Rose on YouTube

January 26, 2007

News: Rolling Stone reports about YouTube user heidilow’s assertion that the popularity of singer Mia Rose, who somehow vaulted to the No.1 Most Subscribed musician on YouTube within a month or less, was created by “dummy accounts” on YouTube. Heidilow states: “My mission in life is to expose the trooth from those liberal commies from jacking up their subscribers just to become a YouTube ‘celebrity’!”

Analysis: I love conspiracy theories. But shouldn’t we worry more about her music? Maybe YouTube can develop some anti-fraud type filtering for subscribers who appear in large numbers to be “dummy accounts.”

YouTube + Google to remain separate, but share search

January 26, 2007

News:  Google VP of Product Management Salar Kamangar announced on Google’s blog more details about the acquisition of YouTube.  Although YouTube will remain a separate company, it will integrate some of Google’s search and Ad Sense features:

“YouTube, as we’ve stated previously, will remain an independent subsidiary of Google, and will continue to operate separately. Google will support YouTube by providing access to search and monetization platforms and, when/where YouTube launches internationally, to international resources. YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen and the rest of the YouTube team will continue to innovate exciting new ways for people to “broadcast themselves.”

“Earlier this week, we announced one example of innovation in monetization and distribution with a new AdSense video test. We’ll be working with a wide set of content providers, grouping together high quality video content from providers with high quality ads and offering them as playlists which publishers can select from and display on their AdSense sites. (There’s more about the test on the AdSense blog.)”

Analysis: From a business standpoint, I like the corporate separation between YouTube and Google.  The separate identities will allow each to do what it does best.  I think it becomes harder to innovate when companies become bloated from acquisitions that are folded into one large company.

Fox obtains DMCA subpoena against YouTube

January 26, 2007

News:  The federal district court in SF issued a DMCA subpoena (under 512(h)) against YouTube to reveal information related to the user “ECOtotal,” who posted parts of the season premiere of Fox’s popular show “24,” even before the show aired.  “ECOtotal” also posted unauthorized copies of “The Simpsons.”  (More here)

Analysis: The subpoena is pretty straightforward DMCA law.  I more intrigued — and I believe Fox should be, too — by the fact that someone got a hold of (meaning stole) the premiere of “24” before it even aired.  Fox should be worried about its internal security system.

Does anyone still watch lonelygirl15?

January 25, 2007

News: NYT writer Virginia Heffernan has an in-depth review of the (once?) YouTube sensation “lonelygirl15” aka “Bree,” played by aspiring actress (Jessica Lee Rose). Heffernan is quite effusive in praising the actress:

As a serial drama too, “Lonelygirl15” has kept its first unbeatable asset, the one that has nothing to do with new technology. It’s the girl: Jessica Lee Rose. As the series goes on, Ms. Rose continues to mix moodiness, charm and precociousness, and her witchcraft casts a serious spell. For every fan who’s mad at her for jerking Daniel around, there are 10 who are newly in love. And the fact that she’s now out of her parents’ clutches and in the wide world—à la Lolita, in motels and guest houses—makes her suddenly more available.

Analysis: It’s a little surprising to find how many people are still watching the “lonelygirl15” web series. I’m even more surprised by how glowing Virginia Heffernan’s praise is for the show. The latest video (below) already has close to 150,000 views on the first day — which is quite respectable by YouTube standards. Although I did find “lonelygirl15” interesting enough to base my copyright exam loosely on her story (more specifically, a Law and Order episode “borrowing” her story for its show), I must confess that I don’t get “lonelygirl15.” Never really watched an entire video of “lonelygirl15.” Once the “lonelygirl15” was outed as a work of fiction (instead of fact that it was suggested to be), that seemed to deflate much of the mystique or drama surrounding “lonelygirl15.” To revive interest, the show’s directors have brought in American Idol runner up Katharine McPhee for a cameo appearance and have made the plot more fantastic (Bree’s father is murdered, there’s suggestion that the characters were involved in a cult). If any of that catches your fancy, watch the video.  I respect Heffernan’s view, so I may have to give this another shot.

Movie trailer mashups

January 24, 2007

News: USAToday ran an article “Mashups add splice to movies,” which discusses how people are taking movie trailers (and apparently sometimes the movies themselves) released by the movie studios and re-editing them in their own provocative ways. Writes Janet Kornblum: “The Shining is a romantic comedy, Mary Poppins features an otherworldly nanny who frightens innocent children, and Apocalypto is Mel Gibson’s secretly anti-Semitic tirade. It’s also a Zach Braff coming-of-age film. And have you heard about the Titanic sequel?” Movie studio Fox Atomic even has its own website, which allows users to freely mashup movies in the Fox library.

Analysis: Mashups are very dicey under copyright law, no pun intended. Fair use is judged on a case-by-case basis, but it is somewhat risky to take parts of someone else’s copyrighted work and use it in your own (especially when most of the end product is just other people’s works). This past week, the RIAA even had DJ Drama arrested for an alleged criminal violation of the Georgia racketeering statute RICO for his unauthorized commercial use of copyrighted songs in his mixtapes (more here). But that’s a pretty extreme case involving an entire commercial business of making mixtapes. The mashup videos on YouTube probably don’t make their creators any money, and I doubt the mashups compete against or substitute for the originals in the minds of viewers. This may explain why Fox Atomic has already embraced the mashup for its movies.  And the USAToday article doesn’t report any movie studios that have, as of yet, complained.  It might be that the mashup movie trailers help to promote the original movies, at least in some cases.

Saturday Night Live spoofs Mike Vick water bottle incident — incorrectly

January 23, 2007

News: On Saturday, SNL spoofed Atlanta Falcon QB Michael Vick’s incident with Miami airport security, who confiscated a water bottle containing a mysterious substance thought, by some accounts, of containing marijuana. In this video that NBC posted on YouTube, SNL came dangerously close to falsely reporting Vick as possessing marijuana. They did start by saying “Michael Vick’s alleged attempt to bring marijuana on a plane,” but the entire joke was based on the factual assertion or assumption that he did have marijuana. However, yesterday, the Miami authorities revealed that the bottle contained no marijuana or traces of any illegal substance. NBC still posted the  Saturday Night Live video making fun of Mike Vick on YouTube here.

Analysis: Now that the Miami district attorney has cleared Michael Vick, maybe the joke is on Saturday Night Live. You would think that Saturday Night Live would at least issue some kind of apology or retraction, and take down their video from YouTube. I haven’t looked at libel law recently, but if I were NBC, I would.

uTunes: Mia Rose ready to sign recording contract?

January 23, 2007

Mia Rose (from the UK) says she’s been flying (I’m guesssing to the U.S.) to consider whom she’ll sign with, presumably for a record deal.  Mia Rose is the No.1 Most Subscribed musician on YouTube, although for whatever reason some commenters still suggest some conspiracy theories.

Copyright infringement? — video on YouTube claims Timbaland copied music for Nelly Furtado song

January 23, 2007

Timabaland is a hot music producer who first received renown in rap circles and who recently helped to revamp the career of Nelly Furtado. A person on YouTube (aka “timbalandrips”) has compiled two videos that insinuate that Timbaland copied music of Janne Suni of Finland without authorization for use in one of Furtado’s songs that Timbaland produced.

Another video suggests an earlier infringement of the same song by Timbaland in ringtones.

uTunes: “crazy place” by Esmee Denters

January 22, 2007

Esmee Denters is an 18-year-old Dutch singer, who has a huge following on YouTube. I’ve written about her several times already, but this original song probably best showcases Esmee’s vocals and potential. She also apparently put together the video herself!  My guess (and it’s only a guess) is that it won’t be long before Esmee signs her first recording contract.

Katharine McPhee “stars” in lonelygirl15

January 21, 2007

Let’s see: Jennifer Hudson placed 7th on American Idol several years ago, but just won a Golden Globe award for her debut acting performance in the major motion picture Dream Girls. Last season, Katharine McPhee placed 2nd on American Idol, but she has made a cameo appearance on the YouTube video series “lonelygirl15.” Smart move?

Video of the week: Is this Miss YouTube?

January 19, 2007

Forget about Miss Universe, now there’s Miss YouTube. ValsArtDiary has entered her name into the competition, although I can’t tell if there are any other competitors.  ValsArtDiary is a talented artist who makes videos on YouTube of how she creates her artwork.

Schoolyard fight on YouTube leads to arrest

January 18, 2007

News:  Three high school girls beat up a 13 year old girl outside of a school.  The bullies pulled the girl’s hair, while she lay prone on the ground, and they punched her repeatedly.  Of course, the bullies videotaped themselves and stuck it on YouTube and MySpace.  After the video received a lot of publicity, school officials found out and notified Suffolk County police, who just arrested the three girls who beat up the other girl.  (More here)

Analysis:   I’m glad the girls got caught.  But I have mixed feelings about YouTube’s role in all this.  On the one hand, it’s definitely good that the police could use the YouTube video to identify the perpetrators of the beating.  On the other hand, I wonder whether YouTube should evaluate its own policies in allowing so many beating and fight videos up freely on its site.  I worry that teenagers and others might now be enjoying more getting into fights, so they can videotape their exploits and put them up on the web.  If you type in “girl beating girl” on YouTube, you get some 2,347 videos.   (You’d probably find some other fight videos if you type in some other search terms.) Some of these videos may not be actual fights, but I’m pretty sure that many are.

I’m not sure what the best policy for YouTube would be, but I think YouTube needs to study the issue at the very least.  In the end, maybe they need to ban all such fight videos from its site — after all, the postings on YouTube might be unintentionally promoting criminal acts.  The downside of such a ban would be that without the videos, it’s unlikely the police would ever investigate the fights.  I wonder, though, whether that’s likely to happen anyway, the Suffolk County case notwithstanding.

Hamad v. Bush: lawyer for Guantanamo detainee takes case to YouTube

January 17, 2007

News: As reported here, Petrick Ehlers, a federal public defender from Oregon, has run out of options in court because Congress has taken away jurisdiction of federal courts to hear “enemy combatant” habeas petitions. So Ehlers has now taken his case to YouTube, pleading for his client Adel Hahmad — who has been detained by U.S. military in Guatanamo since July 2002, after he was taken into custody from his home in Pakistan. The video is called “Guantanamo Unclassified.” It’s the first legal video brief on YouTube that I know of. (As of yet, we don’t teach this in law school.)

Netflix to stream movies over Internet

January 16, 2007

News:  Netflix, the popular mail DVD delivery service, has announced that it will start rolling out a new “Watch Now” feature that will stream movies over the Internet, at first to a limited number of subscribers but eventually to all Netflix subscribers.  (More here)  The movies must be played on a computer, and will reportedly have anti-piracy measures.

Analysis: This is a logical next step, but my guess is that it won’t be that attractive to many people.  People watch DVDs on their TVs, and until the Internet delivery allows people to easily transfer a file to the TV, I don’t see this feature as replacing the popularity of the mail order delivery.

Hollywood Asks YouTube: Friend or Foe?

January 15, 2007

News:  Laura Holson of NYT has a probing article today titled “Hollywood Asks YouTube: Friend or Foe?,” which discusses the many issues Hollywood studios face with YouTube.  Of course, one of the big problems is keeping their copyrighted content from surfacing (unauthorized) on YouTube.  Even after the studios find one unauthorized clip of their movies and YouTube takes it down, another may resurface from another YouTube user. “There is only so much we can do,” said Rick Cotton, NBC Universal’s general counsel, who estimated that more than half the videos on YouTube featuring NBC Universal’s television shows and films were unauthorized. As fast as a clip is taken down, he said, YouTube users “can always put up another.”

The article describes a deal with Universal, however:   So in an odd twist, Eminem’s songs from “8 Mile” are cleared for use on YouTube, while much of the accompanying video is not. In what could be an indication of the kinds of deals the studios might strike, Universal Music earns the higher of two amounts when its songs are used in a video: a flat fee per clip or a percentage of advertising revenue.  “We don’t want to kill this,” said Larry Kenswil, a Universal Music executive. “We see this as a new source of revenue for us.”

Analysis:  The notice-takedown procedure seems like a neverending challenge.  Take down one unauthorized clip on Monday, you might find another version back up the same day or week.  Until YouTube’s filtering software is rolled out, or YouTube changes its current policy and requires either greater user verification or more internal review of each video clip before it is posted, I don’t see how this problem goes away.

uTunes: Mia Rose takes YouTube by storm

January 14, 2007

Here’s Mia Rose singing her original song “Husband to Be.” She’s 18, from London, and can really play the guitar. (Her YouTube videos are here.) She just launched her own website. Within a matter of 3 weeks, Mia Rose has somehow become the No.1 most subscribed singer on YouTube, with over 21,000 subscribers. (There already are some conspiracy theories by Esmee Denters fans.)

CBS exec Les Moonves is transforming TV, and YouTube

January 13, 2007

News: The most significant development at this past week’s Consumer Electronics Show — and perhaps the most significant development in broadcast TV for the past 25 years — was the keynote address by CBS CEO Les Moonves. Why?

Moonves this week announced deals: (1) allowing users of SlingBox to “mashup”– meaning cut and splice–CBS shows at their own pleasure, and (2) airing the best 15-second YouTube videos on CBS, the first to air before this year’s Super Bowl. Moonves has clearly embraced the Web 2.0 technologies, and intends to allow users to use CBS content in their own creations. Said Moonves, “There’s no such thing as old or new media anymore. We’re just media.” (YouTube is now even thinking of having its own TV shows and channel.)  This is on top of CBS’s current deal to run parts of shows, like Letterman and NCIS, on a channel on YouTube.

And perhaps his most important admisssion: “We learned a lot watching what happened to the music industry with Napster, and we’d like to avoid those mistakes.” (More)

Analysis: I don’t like making predictions, but a decade from now we may look back at this decision by CBS as the defining moment for a huge transformation in broadcast TV, which propelled it into a completely different model of providing content to users–from a couch potato model to the mashup model. Web 3.0, here we come.  If you want to create a video for the CBS promotion on Super Bowl Sunday, go here.


Video of the week: the floating umbrella song (by ortopilotmusic)

January 12, 2007

Apple iPhone video up on YouTube

January 11, 2007

Nevermind that Apple may be infringing Cisco’s federally registered trademark in “iPhone”, the iPhone is pretty sleek.  But at $499 a pop, that’s a pretty hefty price tag, almost the cost of some laptops.

Daniela Cicarelli video — explaining herself on YouTube

January 10, 2007

The Brazilian model Daniela Cicarelli, whose sex video caused a Brazilian court to shut down YouTube in Brazil for one day, apparently explains her thoughts about what happened. I say apparently because the video is in Spanish [oops] Portuguese, and I need someone to help out with a translation. Please submit a comment if you can translate. Thanks.

UPDATE:  I’m still working on a full translation.  From press reports, Daniela Cicarelli tries to do a little bit of damage control after thousands of Brazilians were upset by the judge’s shutdown of YouTube.  Some Brazilians organized an e-mail protest against her and proposed boycotting her MTV show.  Cicarelli said she didn’t bring the lawsuit (her boyfriend, who was also in the sex video, did on his own behalf).  Unrepetant about the 1-day shutdown of YouTube in Brazil, Cicarelli explained, “I don’t have to say I’m sorry about anything because it’s not my fault. I don’t have anything to do with that request, nor with the decision.” (more here

John Edwards runs YouTube campaign

January 9, 2007

News:  In “The YouTube candidate,” John Edwards is featured on NPR for running his campaign on candid videos on YouTube.

Analysis: Can someone who witnessed Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for president tell me how similar John Edwards’ campaign looks and sounds?

Brazilian judges reverses himself, lifts ban of YouTube

January 9, 2007

News: A day after Brasil Telecom shut down YouTube from its subscribers in Brazil, in order to comply with a judge’s order in a case involving the sex video of Daniela Cicarelli, the judge has reversed himself and lifted his order to Brazilian telcoms.  San Paolo state Supreme Court Justice Zuliani said, “Preventing the dissemination of offensive, false or libelous information is not legal censorship. However, the blocking of a site could lead to speculation along those lines.”  But “the judge also warned that he could reinstate a YouTube ban in Brazil. He demanded that the service providers explain why they could not block the video alone and that YouTube explain why it could not use software to prevent the Cicarelli clip from popping back on the site.”  (More from Forbes)

Analysis: Bravo.  It’s laudable when judges are brave enough to admit their own mistakes.  The injunction was way overbroad, and caused one ISP in Brazil to completely ban YouTube from its subscribers — just for one sex video.

YouTube now unavailable in parts of Brazil because of Daniela Cicarelli sex video

January 8, 2007

News:  Reports out of Brazil that Brasil Telecom, which provides Internet access to many people in Brazil, has blocked access to YouTube on its service, in order to comply with a court order against YouTube for allowing access to a sex video of model Daniela Cicarelli.  According to one report, “While [the] judge’s press office insisted that YouTube and the telephone companies have only been ordered to filter out the video itself, the Brasil Telecom spokesman said his company received an order to block the site.”

This is the second time the case has come up in the Brazilian court system.   The first time around, YouTube had removed the sex video after a Brazilian court order, but another YouTube user later reposted another copy on YouTube.  YouTube said on Friday the offending video has been removed (again).  According to today’s report, “On Monday, YouTube was unavailable in areas served by Brasil Telecom SA from the capital of Brasilia to the Amazon, though it still worked in heavily populated Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where Internet use is heaviest.”  (More here)

Analysis:  This is quite astonishing.  Such an order couldn’t be made in the United States because it would be overbroad under the First Amendment.  Can you imagine that millions of people in Brazil are being denied access to YouTube and all of its many millions of legitimate videos, just because of one sex video.  Talk about shooting an ant with an elephant gun!