YouTube Factoid: Lots of Video

June 9, 2012

If you thought prescreening YouTube videos was quick and easy, the article How Much Would It Cost To Pre-Screen YouTube Videos? About $37 Billion Per Year… might give you a change of heart or simply make you stare at the screen in awe.

You see, despite insistence that this should be mandatory, the main issues are time and you can’t just have anyone prescreen for violations. The person doing the job has to determine if the video is a copyright infringement. Who can you trust? Who will hold an unbiased opinion based on the actual law?

According to federal law only one person is qualified to take on the job and that is a judge:

“Using the fact that the average pay for a judge in Silicon Valley is apparently $177,454, and that based on the volume of uploads and number of hours in a working day, a mere 199,584 judges would be required as screeners, this gives us the final figure for the cost of checking properly those 72 hours per minute as $36,829,468,840 per year. Interestingly, Google’s revenue for 2011 was $37,905,000,000.”

 

The time and money figures provide understanding as to why it’s difficult to prescreen all uploads. You might even shed a tear for YouTube providers if the law demands video prescreening versus shutdown. An ironic and interesting factoid is that Google made enough to pay the judges… and still profit.

Jennifer Shockley, June 9, 2012

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