Predicting the future of YouTube
- Posted on [September 30, 2006 ] @ 9:26 am
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Every article I’ve read about YouTube predicts that YouTube:
* will be sued for copyright infringement
* won’t be sold because possible suitors are afraid of lawsuits
* will burn through their cash trying to cover bandwidth costs
As David Pogue pointed out last week, everyone was making wild predictions about Apple’s death in ’95 and ’96, and they were soon proved wrong. I’m not going to make a prediction one way or the other, but I do think it’s worth pointing out that there are clear business and technology moves that YouTube can make to address the concerns that have been raised; and the model for monetizing user-generated video hasn’t been fully realized.