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I haven’t covered Smosh — Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla — that much because I think everyone already knows them. They are the No.1 most subscribed channel on YouTube, and every video they produce gets over at least 1 million views. They consistently produce funny, off-the-wall videos. (Yet mysteriously they are not a part of YouTube’s partner program, it appears.) They are the best channel on YouTube. The competition is not even close.
First, there was Obama girl. Then, Hillary guy. Now, there’s a Huckabee girl, and also a Hillary girl, although both are more tongue-in-cheek.
News: The General Counsel of NBC Universal Rick Cotton has stated that NBC supports the ability of users to reuse and remix copyrighted shows. As I reported last week, NBC already allows free download copies of many of its shows on its website. When you couple this free dissemination of NBC copies online with Rick Cotton’s statements, it appears that NBC has bought into the mashup/remix culture of user-generated content that relies upon preexisting copyrighted works.
Here are some of Cotton’s statements:
“They can choose to download commercial free episodes of our TV shows or watch free, streaming, ad-supported programs on our websites. We’ve offered fans material from “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Office” to create mashups. And we expect to expand those offerings both on our websites and on Hulu.com.”
“But, looking forward, one of the exciting characteristics of the new, digital world is that technology will allow us greater flexibility to respond to consumer desires.”
“It bears repeating that short-form mashups, parodies and the like are NOT the primary focus of content owners’ anti-piracy activities. Let’s be clear that sympathy for parodies and “re-interpretations” should not be used as a justification for inaction in addressing aggressively the wholesale trafficking in complete, unchanged copies of movies and TV programs. Having said that, most major content owners today want to see fans fully engage with their favorite content and are working hard to provide legitimate ways to do that.”
Analysis: NBC Universal should be applauded for its stance on remixes and mashups, as well as for allowing free downloading of many of its shows online. If I take Cotton’s statements at face value, he basically gives his blessing to noncommercial remixes of NBC’s copyrighted shows. I would not have expected this kind of position from a Hollywood studio. But I hope NBC doesn’t scale back the free stuff and start selling all of its shows on iTunes (for more, see Mashable).
Davedays has taken the citizen political video to another level. Take that, Obama girl.
What do you get when you combine the Matrix with Rocky with a lot of cleavage? Is this the next generation of campaign video?
I’ve watched hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTube videos this year. Here are my selections for The Best YouTube Videos of 2007.
1. Best YouTube Video of the Year: Esmee
Esmee Denters is an 18-year-old Dutch girl who started singing on YouTube from her bedroom. Soon, she started drawing hundreds of thousands of views. Then, in the millions. Eventually, a guy named Justin Timberlake signed her to a record deal. This video was shot right before the announcement of the deal. It represents the best that “user-generated content” has to offer. Wait for the video’s ending. Esmee’s first album will be released in 2008.
2. First Runner-Up: Miss South Carolina
It pains me to select a TV clip as the First Runner-Up, but this video of Miss South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton speaks for itself. She’s beautiful and should be a spokesperson for GPS.
3. Second Runner-Up: James Kotecki interviews Ron Paul from his dorm
From his dorm room, James Kotecki interviewed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Kotecki also interviewed Mike Huckabee, Mike Gravel, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich. The citizen-journalist might have more power today than ever before.
4. Third Runner-Up: Lazydork raps YouTube, so does Renetto
Irreverance is king on YouTube.
5. Fourth Runner-Up: Obama girl
Cleavage is queen on YouTube.
6. Fifth Runner-Up: Ron Paul
He’s the most watched candidate on YouTube. Still trying to figure out why.
7. Sixth Runner-Up: Hillary 1984
Why citizens will be a factor in the presidential election in 2008.
[I reserve 24 hours to revise my picks as I think of other videos I’ve watched. Drop me an email if you like to nominate another video. utubeblog [at] gmail [dot] com