November 28, 2010
Google, owners of YouTube, agreed this past week to pay royalties to French singers when their videos and other forms of streaming music appear on the company’s video portal.
According to Google, they will pay royalties to French, Belgian and Luxembourgian artists, but only when views of their materials occur within their own respective countries.
The announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise to industry analysts, since Google first announced they were meeting with SACEM, a French music royalty company back in September. read more
Tags: Copyright Issues, YouTube
November 2, 2010
We recently have published the excellent The History of Online Video infographic and some months ago already had the Google’s timeline so it is no surprise that our next infographic the story of Youtube visualises.
The startup, launched in April 2005 was sold to Google only 18 months later for the sum of USD1.65 billion. Even after the acquisition by the Palo Alto search giant, the video platform continued to grow and is now one of the most popular websites in the world, hosting billions of videos and playing more than 2 billion videos every day. Often marketing campaigns heavily rely on Youtube plays and many artists use the platform as well as MLM marketers.
Thanks go to the crew at Infographiclabs for another graphic.
Tags: Google, Infographic, YouTube
November 1, 2010
After a two year YouTube blackout, officials in Turkey today lifted their ban on the world’s most popular video sharing website.
Bans originally started in March 2007 when videos showed up on the website with offensive comments made against Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. After a short period the site was unblocked only to repeat the block/unblock cycle for just over one year, until in May 2008 YouTube was completely blocked in the country.
The recent whitelisting of the site according to Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim occurred because:
“…We didn’t get here easily, we have been through a lot in the process. I hope that they have also learned from this experience and the same thing will not happen again. YouTube will hopefully carry out its organization in Turkey within the limits of law in the future.”
Tags: Internet Censorship, YouTube
October 27, 2010
The Internet has changed massively over the last years and the days of a life without www seem to have become long forgotten for most people already. Many youngsters could not imagine a life without ‘technology’ or internet anymore. The biggest change online has been the emergence of video streaming though. What seems now to hit the living room for everyone, also not tech savvy people , with AppleTV and and GoogleTV, happened in actually less than 5 years. Online video has always been something for nerds, with QuickTime and RealPlayer in the first years but once Youtube was launched 2005 the complete internet landscape changed. And continues to change. Nowadays around 69% of all internet users also watch streaming or download videos.
Together with the popularity of online video screencasting has become popular and one of the best tools for this certainly is Techsmith’s Camtasia a long time favourite for Windows screencasters and since recently also on the market for Mac users.
We analysed the last 5 years of online video history and the result is this awesome infographic, requested by Techsmith.
For a more detailed analysis of the history of online video, check out Andrew Baron’s A Decade in The History of Online Video.
We and the Techsmith crew thank the team over at Infographiclabs for another awesome infographic.
Tags: Infographic, Screencasting, TechSmith, Video, YouTube
August 17, 2010
Twitter wants to show their users how the microblogging platform has helped others and for that purpose they have launched Twitter Tales a new offering that is meant to inspire and motivate others to use Twitter in fun, effective and interesting ways.
Twitter’s own communications staffer Carolyn Penner said on the company’s official blog that Twitter Tales is meant to display:
“a growing set of articles that highlights creative individuals and businesses from all corners of the world that help make Twitter awesome.”
If you have a story to share, you can send it to [email protected] and you could be one of the showcases stories. read more
Tags: Twitter, Twitter Tales, YouTube
July 29, 2010
Non-Partner content developers uploading videos to YouTube can now provide multimedia up to 15 minutes in length. The company announced today that they have extended their 10-minute time limit effective immediately.
YouTube has announced that the extension is being given since they now have more copyright controls available for content providers, which means it is less likely that users will upload copies of TV series, movies and other copyrighted materials without being censored. read more
Tags: Streaming Media, YouTube
July 5, 2010
The hacker ground known as 4chan launched an attack against YouTube, specifically fans of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber on Sunday. The group, which discovered a vulnerability in the YouTube commenting system was able to hijack the singers videos, sending users astray.
Hackers injected HTML code into the commenting system (which is not suppose to be allowed), causing pop-up messages to open on the site, leading young teen girls to pornography sites and other videos claiming Bieber had been killed in a car accident.
Users should check their computers immediately for malware which was shown on some sites where re-directions occurred. read more
Tags: YouTube, YouTube Hacked
June 24, 2010
Google loves to have fun on April Fool’s day and during various special celebrations, apparently the World Cup is no exception. The company placed a Vuvuzela button on their YouTube videos and it actually works!
Just click on the red soccer ball icon located below the video and the entire video, including it’s own sounds will be drowned out by the delightful (umm…or not) sound of the Vuvuzela. read more
Tags: Vuvuzela, World Cup, YouTube
May 27, 2010
After blocking YouTube and Facebook due to the “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” fan page, it looks as if the government has come to its senses and has lifted the ban against YouTube (well almost).
According to the AFP, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (aka PTA) decided to lift the ban against Youtube save for 550 sites that it deems “inappropriate” (probably due to sacrilegious content making fun of Islam’s founder).
Currently the nation of Pakistan blocks about 1,200 sites total, of which YouTube receives the greatest amount of censorship.
Unfortunately for Facebook Pakistani fans, the blue and white social network still remains banned within the border until May 31st, although its unclear whether or not that ban will be extended into June.
Hopefully the courts will seriously consider unblocking Facebook, as blocking an entire website over the actions of a few is (to put it bluntly) idiotic and ridiculous as it only hurts the average Pakistani resident (who probably uses Facebook to communicate with friends and family).
Tags: censorship, Facebook, YouTube
May 17, 2010
It hasn’t even been a month since YouTube celebrated their 5th birthday anniversary and now the world’s most popular video sharing service has announced another huge milestone. According to YouTube officials, the site is now exceeding 2 billion video views per day.
Tags: Social Videos, Video Streaming, YouTube, YouTube Five Year