More on buying YouTube?
It seems those clever guys and girls over at Google have decided to buy YouTube. I'm pretty surprised to hear that Google decided to do this, but this simply adds to their repertoire of quality, searchable databases and reduces the competition in the fast-growing media entertainment business. As I mentioned in my previous post, Google will now carry the burden of potential copyright infringement. YouTube's current policy of removing copyrighted material only when it has been flagged as such remains a sketchy solution at best, and we all know that Google has some fairly loose interpretations of copyrighted material. Additionally, Google is attempting to persuade some big companies to offer copyrighted material for free via Google Video. I am all for loosening these copyrights, as I love everything free, but I'm sure as I move into the computer software / digital rights arena my views will be subject to change. However, in this situation, I firmly believe that a low quality video available for free online will only generate more interest in these bands rather than serve as a replacement to purchased media. All of this is very exciting, but I suppose all we have to do now is sit back and ask ourselves, "What's in it for me?" Apart from rising stocks, we should see Google expanding its already versatile array of services to present to the public. Sit back and enjoy the Google life.