US military launches YouTube channel re: Iraq war

May 7, 2007

The U.S. military has launched the Multi-National Force channel on YouTube.  Here’s a description of it on YouTube:

What you will see on this channel in the coming months:
– Combat action
– Interesting, eye-catching footage
– Interaction between Coalition troops and the Iraqi populace.
– Teamwork between Coalition and Iraqi troops in the fight against terror.

What we will NOT post on this channel:
– Profanity
– Sexual content
– Overly graphic, disturbing or offensive material
– Footage that mocks Coalition Forces, Iraqi Security Forces or the citizens of Iraq.

(More here)

PM Blair uses YouTube to congratulate new French President Sarkozy

May 7, 2007

You can see more videos from Prime Minister Blair on his YouTube channel, DowningSt.  I’m still waiting for Pres. Bush’s channel on YouTube.

MTV movie awards: make the Best Movie spoof

May 7, 2007

Go here for details. Here are the list of approved movies you can spoof, some which give you the copyrighted clips to play around with and mash up. You have until May 21st, so get started!

Heinz video competition on YouTube

May 7, 2007

Win $57,000 if you make the best commercial, determined by voters. You have until August 6. So far, there are only 132 entries, so you have a decent chance. More here.

You’ll be seeing more of these kinds of contests in the future. I wonder what advertising firms think.

YouTube announces revenue sharing for members

May 7, 2007

News:  Finally, YouTube users can share in revenue for drawing viewers to YouTube, just like a corporate partner of YouTube.  But it’s only a select few, so far, including Lonelygirl15, LisaNova, renetto, HappySlip, smosh, and valsartdiary.  Here’s why they were selected, according to YouTube:  “Because they have built and sustained large, persistent audiences through the creation of engaging videos, their content has become attractive for advertisers, which has helped them earn the opportunity to participate on YouTube as a partner.”  (more here)  If you go to the Partners section, you can find a few more users who have been selected.

Analysis: I’m still waiting for my videos to take off.

Thailand to sue YouTube for videos making fun of King

May 7, 2007

News:  YouTube’s lawyers will have a busy summer, as the country of Thailand has added to YouTube’s growing number of lawsuits.  YouTube drew the ire of the Thai government after a video mocking the Thai King was uploaded onto YouTube, and not taken down immediately after the Thai government complained.  As I reported last month, Thailand then banned YouTube in its country.  If that weren’t enough, now Thailand plans on suing YouTube, presumably under Thai law.  (More about the lawsuit here)

NBC Universal + Viacom request to file amici brief in Robert Tur lawsuit against YouTube

May 7, 2007

News: So the first copyright lawsuit filed against YouTube is the one brought by Robert Tur for unauthorized uses of his copyrighted video of the Reginald Denny beating. Mashable reports that both Viacom (which also has a suit against YouTube) and NBC Universal have filed a request in the district court in LA to file an amici brief in support of Tur’s position.

Analysis: Viacom’s request is not surprising, since it doesn’t want a bad precedent that would hurt its case in New York. NBC Universal’s involvement is a little surprising, though, since NBC is testing out some of YouTube’s digital fingerprinting technology.