These are the things I've written that are tagged "youtube"

Jay Leno uses indie YouTube video; NBC gets it taken down

Obviously The System Works: NBC/Universal used a YouTube video by an indie comedy duo (without permission) on The Jay Leno Show – then had the video taken down with a¬†copyright claim. NBC’s position seems to be that they own any content played on any of their programs? I guess it’s nice to see their position […]

Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video

Simultaneously taking Ogg out back and putting one it’s ear and making the streaming video wars much more interesting. Gruber’s questions are my own: Will Apple or Microsoft support VP8? And will Google support it at YouTube?

How Useful Is YouTube’s 5-Star Rating System?

5-star ratings utterly dominate the distribution of overall votes. 1 star votes are in “second place”, but as the graph shows it isn’t even close. Star ratings really don’t work well on the internet. YouTube would be much better off with a simple “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” system, and doing their algorithmic magic on […]

The Old Rickrolling

Apparently, the co-writer of “Never Gonna Give You Up” has made a total of about 16 dollars from YouTube views of the song’s video. The article doesn’t say how much he’s made from other revenue streams. I find it impossible to believe that the Rickroll meme didn’t make him plenty of money from things like […]

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