Study Says Over 90% Of YouTube Videos Are Not Infringing Copyrights (Sorta, Not Really)
from the not-entirely dept
Kevin writes "A new study by industry analyst Vidmeter shows that more than 90% of videos on YouTube are not infringing of copyright." As the blog post notes, the methodology is questionable, as they only count videos that have been successfully taken down as infringing, rather than actually looking at the content to see what’s infringing and what’s not. That certainly could mean that plenty of the other content is infringing, but no one has sent a takedown notice about it (either because they don’t know about it, don’t care about it or are too lazy to do anything about it). The study also found that those infringing clips also represented less than 6% of the views on YouTube — which certainly is a worthwhile data point. If anything, it suggests that Viacom and the other Hollywood players are exaggerating just how much of their content YouTube relies on for traffic. The idea that YouTube’s success is built entirely around infringing content has always been an exaggeration, and it’s nice to see at least some attempts to show what the actual numbers are. Hopefully there are more studies on the way that will look more closely at the content to get an idea of what the actual split is.