The Screenplay-novel Manifestos

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Friday, July 21, 2006


The following is from Ed and it describes YouScrewed, err, I mean YouTube's attempt to slip in a "Google" -- that is, glom onto the creative work of others and turn a profit from it without sharing.

I don't want to get into a debate over whether it's using the same strategy as Google; just to point out that greed is at work. And that's too bad, because while corporate involvement with blogging/video-blogging is probably an inevitability, ripping people off isn't. When the big wheels finally realize that the rules of fair-play apply here just like everywhere else, then everyone will be happy. They have essentially good ideas (personally, my life in Korea would be much improved by a virtual library). But until they start building bridges with creators and rewarding them for what they do, they will -- well, anyway, enough said.


Filmmakers, Flashmakers and videomakers beware: PuppetVision uncovers disturbing new terms that YouTube has recently added to its site. You may want to think twice about uploading a video, because

by submitting the User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successor’s) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

In other words, YouTube can take that video you labored over for thirty hours and sell it to somebody else. And you won’t get a cent.

Read the rest here.


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