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October 09, 2006

YouTube Notes

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Another new Oscar category that's needed in this age of mix-it-yourself media: Best YouTube Uploader. My nominee is "balansoes" from Spain. For one thing, he's heroic: 318 videos uploaded so far, many of them 5-9 minutes long. For another: Man oh man, does this guy have taste, as well as the collection of material to back it up.

Vids I've enjoyed so far: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Dawn Upshaw, Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli, Marilyn Horne, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, John Eliot Gardiner, the countertenor David Daniels ...

Vids I plan to get around to soon: Some hard-to-find documentaries, including an interview with Jorge Luis Borges and another with Vladimir Nabokov ... A series entitled "The Art of Conducting" featuring get-togethers with and long performance samples from the likes of Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, and Arturo Toscanini ...

Any nominees from other YouTube junkies for the Best Uploader Award?

* Did you notice that YouTube has just been bought by Google for $1.65 billion?

* What will the consequences of the deal be? One widespread suspicion is that the lawyers will soon be swarming, with the effect that YouTube will no longer be the wide-open, copyright-defying playground that it has been. Or, as LAist bluntly asks, "Google Buys YouTube, Will YouTube Start to Suck?" Which might mean that the vids so lovingly uploaded by "balansoes" and others may not be around for us to enjoy forever. Oh dear, oh dear ... Oh phew: This good piece of software for Macs does a nice job of downloading YouTube vids onto your very own hard drive. Why live at the mercy of Google? Personal use only, of course ...



posted by Michael at October 9, 2006


Consequences ?

It'll start to make money (through advertising), and 'Tube star uploaders will make a living off it.

Posted by: Nigel on October 10, 2006 3:32 PM

Michael - I think you are right that google, now a deep pocket, may soon be swarmed with lawyers with claims of copyright violation. But even apart from this, I'm not sure how wise this purchase decision was. I wonder whether a fickle computer crowd will soon move on to another type of video-sharing service. Internet innovation has been extremely hard to track or to predict future directions.

Posted by: Alec on October 10, 2006 4:37 PM

Maybe the copyright owners and Old Media will be forward thinking enough to see if they can cut a deal with Google and make some money off YouTube, rather than suing.

Well . . . it could happen.

YouTube has been a blast. Most of the stuff I like: jazz performances, old music videos, documentaries, and the like, wouldn't seem to be big ticket items. Not like I'm robbing Big Media of their beloved reality shows or whatnot. Hope it stays around like it is.

Posted by: Brian on October 10, 2006 9:45 PM

My vote for best uploader would have to go to whoever the guy is that brings "Betty Butterfield" to life. Here is video pertaining to Betty's quest to find the right church for her: here Check out the Buddhism vid especially "Wait until I get a pen")!

Posted by: Aliena on October 12, 2006 11:18 AM

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