So who’s on YouTube: President Clinton

May 14, 2007

Campaigning for his wife Hilary.  But I’ll count this is as the highest (former) U.S. official to send a post via YouTube.

The YouTube copyright police

May 14, 2007

News: Businessweek has an article today describing the whole notice-and-takedown process at YouTube. Viacom has a cadre of people searching for clips on YouTube that infringes Viacom’s copyrights, spending about $100,000 per month for the process. Viacom doesn’t like it (and that’s why they sued): ” Since November, Viacom says, it has reviewed 2 million clips and sent 200,000 takedown notices to the site, a 10% hit rate.”

YouTube has its own cadre of people, who work 24/7, to take down clips for which a copyright holder sends in a DMCA notice. The unit is called SQUAD, the Safety Quality User Advocacy Department.

Analysis: This is a battle over philosophies (and how the burden to search for infringing works should be allocated): Viacom wants pre-screening on the front-end by YouTube, placing most, if not all, of the burden on YouTube, while YouTube wants an automated process coupled with the DMCA notice-and-takedown process (supplemented by whatever filtering technology that develops)–which places some of the burden on the copyright holder to identify the works in a DMCA notice. What the DMCA requires is what the Viacom lawsuit is all about.

The stats by Viacom are interesting. I’d like to know what the so-called “hit rate” has been after it sent YouTube all the DMCA notices. YouTube says it has “hashing technology” that automatically blocks any copy of a clip that’s already been removed under a DMCA complaint. If that’s true, Viacom’s hit rate could have gone down by now.

So who’s on YouTube?: Gwen Stefani

May 14, 2007

GwenOfficial   It’s interesting to note that “Wind It Up” is a mash-up, that uses a song from “The Sound of Music” (“The Lonely Goatherd, written by Rogers and Hammerstein in 1959.)  Although some critics panned Stefani’s song, I kinda like it.  How can anyone not like yodeling? 

(I would find it interesting to know if Stefani decided to get copyright permission or if she viewed it as fair use.)  More about the song on Wikipedia.