Even Google Has To Pay For It

from the for-online-video dept

The move to pay people for their online videos is getting a big boost as Google has announced a deal with the creators of the "Diet Coke & Mentos" viral video to host the video, run ads around it, and share the revenue. There's clearly quite a bit of interest right now in finding models for online video that retain the social aspect while introducing a financial element. Obviously, Google won't always negotiate with video creators on an individual basis; eventually, the company will automate the process of sharing in the revenue from uploaded videos. But by making this high profile deal it sends a message to all the other companies promising money for video creators that Google is not going to let them walk in and buy up all the good content. Still, the vast majority of user-generated content (of all kinds) is not done with a financial motive, so to garner this mass it'll take more than just the lure of money.

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    discojohnson, 31 Oct 2006 @ 9:42am

    worms

    ..another can of worms. an effect from this is: copyright infringement cases. now because i made a video, within the provisions of fair use, that makes fun of..say..Superman. now i've got DC Comics saying it's wrong and to take it down. or maybe instead of something bad, it's really cool and generates a lot of clickthroughs...now DC Comics wants a cut of my cut, or they cry foul that they're not seeing as much money as they can.

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