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Viacom Once Again Abusing DMCA?

image It appears Viacom hasn’t learned its lesson after its last abuse of the DMCA takedown notice. It’s now targeting a YouTube video that includes a clip of a VH1 show, which includes the unauthorized use of video created by the person who uploaded the YouTube clip.

Confused? This should help:

  1. Chris Knight creates a funny video as part of his campaign Rockingham County Board of Education.
  2. Viacom’s VH1 takes the clip from YouTube and uses it in a VH1 segment, without Knight’s permission.
  3. Knight’s flattered and uploads the VH1 clip to YouTube.
  4. Viacom accuses Knight of copyright infringement and YouTube takes down the video.

Absurd? It doesn’t get any more ridiculous than that!

Knight is obviously feeling victimized by Viacom…

YouTube Complies with Viacom, Makes Deal for Music Royalties

As always, copyright issues abound for Google’s video-sharing darling, YouTube. First, Google Blogoscoped found YouTube complying with a copyright take down request from Viacom. Not huge news, other than the fact that the clip in question was apparently featured another clip—which Viacom had used without permission. The removed clip was uploaded by the actual copyright holder, producer Chris Knight.

Wait, what? Let’s walk through that again. Web Junk 2.0, a Viacom-owned VH1 show, used a video clip produced by Chris Knight without his permission. Knight, the rightful copyright holder, uploads the Web Junk 2.0 clip of his clip. Viacom files the standard DMCA take down notice with YouTube so they can take down their stolen stolen content. YouTube complies.

YouTube Rival Finally Named: Hulu.com Almost in Beta

The NBC/News Corp online video project–designed to rival YouTube–has finally received a name. As Jordan spotted, Hulu.com is now accepting beta invite requests.

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Where in the world did they get the name “Hulu”? CEO Jason Kilar explains

Why Hulu? Objectively, Hulu is short, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and rhymes with itself. Subjectively, Hulu strikes us as an inherently fun name, one that captures the spirit of the service we’re building. Our hope is that Hulu will embody our (admittedly ambitious) never-ending mission, which is to help you find and enjoy the world’s premier content when, where and how you want it.

While you can sign-up for the beta now, you won’t be able to get access until October.

An Alternative to Advertising?

The New York Times today covers the history of micropayments. Once heralded as the next wave in economics and banking, micropayments were quickly maligned in academic circles. Processing costs were just one reason of many cited to explain why the phenomenon would never catch on—especially online.

And yet today, micropayments seem to be thriving online. Single-song download services, with songs priced as low as $0.94 and stock photos from $1 are just a few examples of a system that seems to have found its home on the Internet.

After citing this example, however, the New York Times goes on to state that micropayments are ultimately failing online—and one reason for this is Google AdSense.

vTap Will Revitalise Mobile Video Search

vTap Veveo™, a Massachusetts based company funded by VC (originally to work on their concept of Video on IP for personalised television), will launch a new video search application on September 10 – designed specifically for mobile the creators hope that vTap will revitalise users enthusiasm for media on the small screen.

Rafe Needleman, over at Webware, was also lucky enough to get a personal demo of the new app from founder and CEO, Murali Aravamudan – who outlined the concept behind the solution.

[The] service does not dive into the actual audio or video content of files to create its search index. Rather, it uses the metadata (tags, and text on the page where the file is hosted) to create its video index.

YouTube Premiering InVideo Ad Format

Showing 3 billion minutes of videos every month, Google-owned YouTube is the top video destination on the Internet today. And starting tomorrow, marketers will have another reason to turn to YouTube—a new InVideo ad format designed to offer high engagement without negatively impacting the user experience. As an alternative to preroll and postroll ads, InVideo ads offer more engagement, less disruption for viewers and lower video abandonment rates—a win all around.

New InVideo Ads from YouTube appear at the bottom of the video player 15 seconds into the video
Screen shot of an InVideo ad. View this video to see the animated ad.

InVideo Ads appear 15 seconds into the selected video, occupying the bottom 20% of the video player. If a user doesn’t click on the ad within 10 seconds, it minimizes for the duration of the video. The time marker at the bottom of the video player features a gold stripe to indicate the 10 seconds when the InVideo Ad displays. While the InVideo Ad displays, there is an option to close the ad, but less than 10% of YouTube users exercised that option. After the ad minimizes, an arrow in the bottom right offers the opportunity to expand it at any time.

Google Makes Maps Embeddable, Adds YouTube to News

Andy is off gallivanting around, leaving me here to do all the dirty work. Stupid conference. So,
time for the daily dose of Google news.

Google Maps Now Embeddable
Google announced today on their Lat Long Blog that Google Maps will now features embeddable HTML for Google Maps, similar to YouTube’s embeddable videos.

To embed your map, create the map in Google Maps: directions, business listings, photos, or whatever else you want to include. Google Lat Long Blog offers a few examples of how this service might be used, including to indicate a business’s location on their website, or to share your geotagged photos.

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Once you’ve created the map, click on the “Link to this page” in the upper right corner. As with YouTube, the embed HTML appears so you can cut and paste the code (an iframe) into your blog or website.