Video of the week: Numa Numa dance 2.0

June 1, 2007

No one can beat the original Numa Numa dance, but this is not bad, compliments of Laura.

Mossberg interviews Google CEO and Viacom CEO

June 1, 2007

News: WSJ writer Walter Mossberg also interviewed Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman, separately, asking many questions about copyright law. Obviously, the two CEOs disagree.

Analysis: Because the DMCA safe harbor provision is not crystal clear, the uncertainty allows YouTube/Google and Viacom to have different takes on what it means.  Much of it revolves around how much burden to police YouTube for infringement should be left to individual copyright holders versus YouTube itself.

Esmee Denters hits front page of YouTube again

June 1, 2007

News: Well, it didn’t take long before YouTube noticed the Esmee Denters-Justin Timberlake video. Now, it’s one of the featured videos on YouTube’s front page. Afer a little over 3 days, Esmee Denters’ video with Justin Timberlake hit 593,433 views, with 5890 comments and 2885 favorites. I have no doubt the video will hit a million views now. It’s only a question of when. This is the second time one of Esmee’s videos hit the front page of YouTube.

UPDATE: After 3 1/2 days, the video hit 782,968 views, 9425 comments, 4034 favorites.

For more about Esmee, visit here.


Did Esmee Denters sign with Justin Timberlake’s new label?

June 1, 2007

News: OK, first, Esmee Denters posts a video this week, with a surprise cameo appearance from Justin Timberlake, who plays piano and performs background for her. Then, today, Justin announces that he’s starting a new record label. “We are all excited about the talent we have to offer already on our roster, and I cannot wait to introduce the world to my new discoveries,” Timberlake said in a statement issued Monday.

Analysis: Hmmm. Is this pure coincidence? Or did Esmee sign with Justin’s new label? On Dutch TV, Esmee did admit she has already signed a U.S. recording contract — a real “shocker.” My guess is that it has to be with Justin Timberlake.