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Old 05-18-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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After a long day filled with work, I just wanted to listen to a song on YouTube and found their site offline, which is quite a rare event.
Anyway, it struck me how I have come to take YT for granted, it is always there providing all the songs I like, for free.

Sure, there are other video sites as well, but YT absolutely dominates that realm. What does that mean for the future? We all know [quasi] monopolies are not good in the long run.

Why is YT there in the first place? There are no ads on the site as far as I can see, so I can't imagine it is profitable for Google. Most videos today are either illegal uploads of copyrighted material (mostly music, but also entire TV series containing 100s of episodes in exotic languages such as Portuguese ), or crappy, inflammatory, and/or embarrassing personal videos.

Not to mention that YT video downloads have come to occupy a considerable percentage of bandwidth around the world, which goes hand in hand with the enormous power consumption of all those servers involved.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Most videos today are either illegal uploads of copyrighted material

Is this actually true?
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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Is this actually true?
No. Actually, most YouTube uploads are legally uploaded copyrighted material and user-created content.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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OP, did you write this post 5 years ago and just submit it now?

This would have all been valid when YouTube became a phenomenon initially. YouTube actually does have ads in the beginning of their videos or overplayed in their videos. There's even a program where video uploaders get a percentage of the ad revenue.

As an advertising company, Google has a huge interest in owning a media outlet. Only time will tell how it works out for them
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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No. Actually, most YouTube uploads are legally uploaded copyrighted material and user-created content.
Hm, it just seemed to me that there is hardly any song by any artist that I can't find on YouTube (luckily), I doubt they have been uploaded legally, though. I mean even if someone takes the original mp3 and adds photos of beaches or women, I still doubt the music part is legal
I assume most artists have simply given up trying to have their stuff removed, because the next day it is up again. Usually there are multiple instances of each song anyway.

Regarding the user-created content, maybe my impression has to do with my way of using YouTube. I mean, when I enter the site, I do it for a reason, namely because I am looking for a song. I can't look for private content when I don't even know what I am looking for.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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OP, did you write this post 5 years ago and just submit it now?

This would have all been valid when YouTube became a phenomenon initially. YouTube actually does have ads in the beginning of their videos or overplayed in their videos. There's even a program where video uploaders get a percentage of the ad revenue.

As an advertising company, Google has a huge interest in owning a media outlet. Only time will tell how it works out for them
There are ads?! I never see any ads, I have just tried any song, the music starts immediately, no overplaying, either
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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Songs or TV/movie intro's come with commercials at the beginning, and it's been that way for quite some time. Granted old songs/video's would not have them because hardly anyone looks at them...

Are you sure you just didn't wake up after a 15 year sleep? What you post about YT described YT many many years ago........

Hey Neuling, just because you wish something to be true "I doubt they have been uploaded legally" doesn't make it so.
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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Songs or TV/movie intro's come with commercials at the beginning, and it's been that way for quite some time. Granted old songs/video's would not have them because hardly anyone looks at them...

Are you sure you just didn't wake up after a 15 year sleep? What you post about YT described YT many many years ago........

Hey Neuling, just because you wish something to be true "I doubt they have been uploaded legally" doesn't make it so.
Can you tell me a song/video that has such an add at the beginning?

Also, maybe you misunderstand me, I am not complaining, especially since many of my favorite songs can hardly been found elsewhere anymore, like on CD. I was just writing my impressions and wondering...
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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Can you tell me a song/video that has such an add at the beginning?

Also, maybe you misunderstand me, I am not complaining, especially since many of my favorite songs can hardly been found elsewhere anymore, like on CD. I was just writing my impressions and wondering...

YouTube - ‪Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run‬‏
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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Hm, do you mean the Travis Barker Misfits - Watch now Vevo banner underneath the video? There was no ad before the video itself...
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