Terra Naomi “Not sorry” unplugged on YouTube

September 6, 2007

I love this song.

Law & Order star Fred Thompson announces bid for presidency on YouTube

September 6, 2007

News: It’s official: Fred Thompson is running for President.  His channel on YouTube is now running.

Analysis: Was this taped from the set of Law & Order?

Wall Street Journal exposes YouTube singer Marie Digby as already signed Disney artist

September 6, 2007

News:  The Wall Street Journal has a front page article exposing YouTube singer Marie Digby as a fake of sorts.   She is a fake amateur. 

The WSJ uncovered the fact that Digby had a recording contract with Disney’s Hollywood Records back in 2005.  Digby, however, never revealed her professional status on her YouTube channel or MySpace page, nor did Hollywood Records on its YouTube channel.

Analysis:  Being accused of being a “fake amateur” singer–wow, now that’s interesting.  I guess it’s better to be an amateur on YouTube than a professional singer. 

This is much different from the “lonelygirl” incident where the question was whether the person was real or fictitious.  Here, there’s no doubt Marie Digby is a singer and a real person, so I don’t know what all the fuss is about.  Why is the Wall Street Journal spending front page coverage to this story?  It’s only helping spread publicity for Marie Digby (which seems counter to the thrust of the WSJ article).

UPDATE:  I answer in another post whether Marie Digby did anything wrong.

Vanessa Hudgens new video on YouTube for “Dancing with the Stars”

September 6, 2007

Is DailyMotion the French YouTube?

September 6, 2007

News:  The French-based DailyMotion just received $34 million in additional funding.  Some tout it as the “French answer to YouTube.”  So far, DailyMotion has avoided being sued for copyright infringement that have saddled other sites.  We’ll see how long that lasts.  (More)

Universal sues video site Veoh

September 6, 2007

News:  On Tuesday, Universal Music sued video sharing site Veoh for alleged copyright infringement.  The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York, where 2 copyright lawsuits have been filed against YouTube.  According to Wired’s account, Veoh runs a peer-to-peer network called “Veohnet,” which is different from YouTube’s architecture (YouTube stores all files on its own servers).  Like YouTube, though, it’s expected that Veoh will raise a defense based on the DMCA safe harbor. (more)

Analysis: The more copyright lawsuits that are filed, I think the greater chances that one or more of these suits will reach all the way to the Supreme Court.