YouTube: Stealing Your Content?Posted: August 9, 2005
Steve Rubel blogs about YouTube today. YouTube is interesting, but unfortunately they’re competing in a space with better alternatives, including, but not limited to, Blip.tv, OurMedia.org and Videobloggers.org, all offering free hosting. The difference? The ones I listed above don’t have license agreements which require you to sign your rights away to them in perpetuity merely for getting hosting. YouTube’s license states:
By posting or sending a User Submission, you expressly grant YouTube
a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide
license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, edit, translate,
distribute, perform, display, and make derivative works of such User
Submission, and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your
User Submission, in whole or in part, and in any form, media or
technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, including the
unfettered right to sublicense such rights, in perpetuity throughout
Not only that, but these guys seem mainly interested in hosting one-off Internet video. They are not making efforts to cater to the vlogging community, and the guy that’s involved with them that does frequent mailing lists I’m on is not incredibly personable. Overall, I just can’t see why you’d give away your content, giving YouTube the right to create derivative works and resell your content w/o your consent with other sites will honor whatever license you choose to release your content under.
Check out the comments below where Steve from YouTube responds to this post. This is the beauty of the blosophere and the tools that have been developed (Technorati, Pubsub, etc). I have concerns (even though I’m not a customer) and YouTube is addressing them.
To update this, in response to the concerns elicited by the vlogging community YouTube has modified their license. I hear they’re still watermarking their videos, which I would prefer they branded their player and not their video, and they’re still working to allow syndication of video. The point is people have concerns and YouTube is listening and joining the conversation, which is something every company can learn from. Kudos to YouTube.
In response to Steve, I’m not sure who I was thinking of about impersonal relations on the mailing list. Best guess I can give is that I was thinking of Charles, but I’m not exactly sure why I wrote that.