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Democracy

I’ve been paying more and more attention lately to easy-upload video hosting sites like YouTube and Google Video. These two seem to have stood out from the crowd for ease of use and clean design…but I’m just baffled as to how they’re still around. If someone tried this business model (upload your favorites! we’ll host them!) with music, the RIAA would have gone insane. There are dozens of movie trailers up on these sites, which are owned by the studios. Why isn’t the MPAA going apeshit to get these under control? Isn’t it disingenuous of them to allow this, but complain about people sharing movies? Should we apply the legal resources of copyright evaluation evenly?

With all of that said, the point of this post: Democracy kicks ass. It’s a player/browser for video, easy to use, intuitive, and open. If you have a broadband connection, download this now and play with it. It’s addictive. Between the software and their open source hosting service, Broadcast Machine…this is my pick for “gonna be huge this year.”

One reply on “Democracy”

I’ve been relying on YouTube a lot to catch pieces of the Grammys/Olympics/whatever that I’ve missed, yet I don’t want to see the whole thing. The other day, I heard an article on Fresh Air (NPR) about YouTube and I thought, Oh no. Maybe it’s been under the radar, but now the media is picking up on it.
I commented to Kevin that I was baffled that these were still around. Google is playing by the rules a little more, but YouTube? It’s violating copyright rules left and right. I’d hate to see it go though. It’s a brilliant concept. But I think, like anything of this nature, it’s just a matter of time before the RIAA/MPAA decide to kill it.

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