Found this via Michael Arrington. I agree it’s a great way to build buzz. It’s the funniest video I’ve seen in ages.
Has mildly bad language…
A court in Brazil has just ordered the shut down of Google’s YouTube for failing to remove a celebrity sex video from the site.
Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of soccer great Ronaldo, sued YouTube after a video of her apparently having sex in shallow water on a beach with her boyfriend was posted to the site.
While Google may not have to obey the ruling – as they are a U.S. based company – the search engine has already shown they’ll bend to the ruling of foreign courts, so it will be interesting to see how they handle this one.
Meanwhile, Cicarelli may wish to either…
a. think twice about having sex in public
b. speak to Paris Hilton and hear how a leaked sex video can re-ignite a career
It’s a new year and a new law suit for Google. This time, the world’s largest search engine is joined by Apple and Napster as they face allegations of patent infringement from online movie distributor Intertainer Inc.
Intertainer, claiming it has suffered irreparable harm, asked the court for cash compensation and an order to prevent the companies from using its technology.
Intertainer’s patent was issued in August 2005 and covers a “digital entertainment service platform”. According to their web site, Intertainer counts Intel, Comcast and NBC among its investors, and this is not the first time the company has taken on the big guys.
In September 2002…
This will likely be the last news post until after Christmas. Here’s what’s caught my attention today.
Reuters reports both Google and Baidu.com are considering their options for expanding online video services in China.
…Google is considering whether to simply translate its global YouTube site into Chinese or build up a brand new “YouTube China”, possibly through the acquisition of a local video-sharing Web site, which may cost more time and money.
I wish I knew more about the search market in China and whether there’s the same demand for online video as there is in the U.S. Maybe I can entice China-SEO expert, David Temple to stop by with his thoughts.
If youâ€™re familiar with StumbleUpon, the web surfing toolbar, youâ€™ve probably spent countless hours hitting the â€œstumbleâ€ button and discovering sites that are eerily tailored towards your taste.
Taking that same concept, StumbleUpon has launched StumbleVideo, a web site that allows visitors to â€œsurfâ€ video content from MySpace, Google Video and YouTube, using the same technology used by the popular toolbar.
Earlier this week, I had a chance to sit down with StumbleUponâ€™s VP of Marketing, David Feller, and get a sneak peak at the new service. Unfortunately for me, itâ€™s equally as addictive as the toolbar, and now I fear Iâ€™ll waste many afternoon hours viewing content that matches my interests.
For those of you not familiar with StumbleUpon, itâ€™s a fast growing community founded in 2001, with 1.6 million people â€œStumblingâ€ roughly 4 million times each day. When joining, users select topics of interest and then asked to rate web sites presented to them, with a â€œthumbs-upâ€ or â€œthumbs-downâ€. Users can also share their favorites, view their friendsâ€™ content, tag and submit new web pages.
With the launch of StumbleVideo, the company is betting that people will enjoy discovering new videos in the very same way, and spend even more time â€œchannel surfingâ€. â€œPeople demand instant access to online video content thatâ€™s personally gratifying, and they donâ€™t want to spend all day looking for it. Thatâ€™s where StumbleUpon fits in,â€ says Feller. â€œStumbleVideo allows people to discover great videos they would likely never find using traditional keyword searches. The experience is like channel surfing through video content that is laser-targeted to your tastes.â€
Business 2.0 explains why the expected influx of law suits against YouTube, with its acquisition by Google, never materialized. Instead, Google helped bring credibility to the video sharing site and discovered ways to work with the big TV networks.
For example, take a look at the deal struck with CBS.
As part of the deal, CBS agreed to offer free video clips for downloading. In return, the media company gets to sniff around YouTube for any content bearing its copyright. CBS can then choose between removing the offending clips or getting a cut of the revenue YouTube generates from any advertising linked to the clip.
That’s brilliant! YouTube gets sanctioned clips from CBS and in return CBS gets to decide if a video clip should be pulled or if it will help them generate buzz and/or money.
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