So who’s on YouTube?: Senator Larry Craig

August 30, 2007

He even has his own YouTube channel.

Kevjumba, the funniest guy on YouTube

August 30, 2007

Kevjumba is the No.1 Comedian on YouTube, with the most subscribers of any comedian on YouTube and 12th most, all-time.  You can watch his videos here.  I like Kevjumba’s attitude and delivery.  He’s pretty hilarious

Mitt Romney wants you to make his next video

August 30, 2007

Details here.  (Hat tip: newteevee)

Hello to Hulu, the YouTube killer from NBC + FOX

August 30, 2007

News: NBC and Fox have joined together in an online video project that has been nicknamed “the YouTube killer,” reflecting at least the intentions of its creators. Yesterday, the project announced its name — “Hulu” — on its website (still in beta). Jason Kilar, the CEO, even writes to explain the name: “Why Hulu? Objectively, Hulu is short, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and rhymes with itself. Subjectively, Hulu strikes us as an inherently fun name, one that captures the spirit of the service we’re building. Our hope is that Hulu will embody our (admittedly ambitious) never-ending mission, which is to help you find and enjoy the world’s premier content when, where and how you want it.”

Michael Arrington of Tech Crunch humorously points out that “hulu” means “butt” in two languages and “cease and desist” in Swahili. Salon points out that all names rhyme with themselves, so that’s no reason to pick a name.


Analysis: Hulu will focus on providing “premium” or “quality” video content from TV shows. It won’t include amateur, user-generated videos (as I understand it), so it’s hoping that viewers will prefer “premium” content over the amateur stuff on YouTube. Whether that strategy will be enough to compete with YouTube’s huge lead in user base, only time will tell. I think it will be an interesting battle to watch. I do like the look of the Hulu website so far, so at least they’ve hired some decent design people.

As for the name “Hulu,” I think if you have to explain it, it ain’t that good.

YouTube strikes licensing deal with British music publishers + songwriters

August 30, 2007

News: YouTube struck a major deal with MCPS-PRS Alliance, a British collecting society that represents 10 million musical works on behalf of their publishers or song writers. Under the deal, YouTube will pay a flat fee for use of the musical works on videos on YouTube by its users.  Terms of the flat fee were not disclosed. (More)

Analysis: This is an incredibly important deal for YouTube to stave off more copyright lawsuits. Now it needs to do the same thing with all the U.S. music publishers suing it. As a business strategy, I find it hard to believe that YouTube would only strike this kind of deal with the UK music publishers. If YouTube is able to secure similar deals with the U.S. music publishers suing it and to settle their claims, the copyright lawsuits against YouTube would certainly become less worrisome (reducing the potential scope of liability).

So what do I do in my day job?

August 30, 2007

I write about the intersection between law and technology. My latest article is titled “Freedom of the Press 2.0,” and it will be published by the Georgia Law Review.

You can read the abstract of my article on SSRN and  even download a copy of the working draft. I don’t explicitly discuss YouTube (in an earlier version I did, but it met the chopping block), but there is a connection to YouTube that I plan on writing about in other works. Stay tuned.