Disclaimer: l'histoire a l'air reelle, mais rien ne nous dit qu'elle l'est !
Pour ceux qui n'ont pas le temps de lire les details, Melanie Colburn fait le resume des hypotheses du posteur anonyme (via john Battelle Search Blog):
- "About $500 million of the 1.65 billion purchase price was earmarked to fight and settle copyright suits, as a large but not uncommon liabilities patch.
- As part of the Google courtship, YouTube massaged settlement negotiations with the largest potential DMCA stake-holders--far enough along to make it unlikely that their settlement claims would bite significantly into the margin of gain for Google.
- However, to appease the large media companies disinterest in sharing profits with the creative talent, the value was instead transfered as an equity investment in YouTube--sheltered from royalty burdens.
- Finally, to protect the value behind YouTube--its copious viewing audience addicted to pirated material---Google asked the media gatekeepers to 'look the other way' for a few months, as copyright violations continue to run rampant.
- And finally, according to this anonymous note, Google also asked the media powerhouses to belt competing video sites with lawsuits first--like "YouTube clones Blot and Grouper." "