As we all known by now, the popular video sharing site YouTube was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion in stock earlier this month. YouTube’s short lived publicity has been under the microscope of copyright infringement amongst other things, and today, it is sad to say that my most favorite videos on YouTube are now gone.
The type of videos I am talking about are the ones of hiliarous, off the wall, Japanese TV shows, commercials, and more, that make Americanized television seem dull and bland. Videos such as this one. Yes, thats right, YouTube has removed roughly 30,000 videos after numerous Japanese copyright holders contacted them complaining of videos being unlawfully taken from many Japanese sources, including movies, television shows, and music videos.
Could this be the beginning of the end for YouTube? Sure, 30,000 videos isn’t much in comparision to their extremely large database of video content, but that is a big chunk taken out due to one group of people’s complaints. What I’m afraid of is that YouTube is going to turn into a place where you can only get one type of video content, rather than a place where you can go and find almost anything. It’s nice to be able to look up old TV shows, clips from the media, funny commercials, etc. but with all the issues concerning copyrights, whats next? Are we going to be stuck watching goofy bedroom made videos? I hope not.
Read more on the removal of 30,000 videos here.