Google execs convicted of privacy reasons
Three Google executives were convicted of privacy violations for allowing a video of an autistic boy being abused to be posted on YouTube.
I have posted about these risk before: here, and here, but obviously I underestimated the scope and severity of these problems. Google will realize, sometime before Q3 2010, that YouTube as a service is basically unsustainable. The video ownership will be a major reason on why that should happen. YouTube will be spun off (that after all is a successful company’s way of washing off its hands of a sick and potentially risky venture).
Consider this video: Laughing Baby from YouTube user BlackOleg. It has 108 million views. That obviously has some monetary value. Now, if you want to get into that action, you could make a video yourself, or you could simply steal this one! Make a copy. Consider this one: Laughing Baby from YouTube user kaihongc – same video, with 8 million views. (And who knows anyway – perhaps the two users are the same, or perhaps the video was really made by kaihongc!)