Originally Posted by Rubers
But the problem is, if YouTube evaporated overnight then they'd be screwed. Some might get jobs in television, or other forms of media. Others would carry on business as usual (CollegeHumour, IGN, Machima - all have other forms of getting their work out there).
I'm sure they put in hard work making these videos, but I just can't fathom how this can make them millionaires.
Im pretty sure all the big uploaders know that if YT vanished they would have to find something else.
Popular uploaders are paid money based on their advertising potential, so it is not free money, you get x views, generate y ad hits, you get z% of said money paid to Google to advertise for a company. You go below x-n views and monetization status will be assessed.
But that is not the issue here. The issue is Google screwing over their managed partners with how ContentID flags and then strips payouts for the uploader and 100% of the ad revenue goes to Google or back to the copyright claimant.
The kicker, I haven't seen or heard of any Dev that knew about this before Google implemented it. Nintendo, Capcom and Sony look to be the only companies that actually like ContentID and that is inline with their false DMCA and copyright BS that they pull constantly.
Both EA and Blizzard, companies that are not well liked here, have said this is way too much and are working to get all of their ip's whitelisted.
TotalBiscuit, while annoying and a bore to listen to at times, has the best grasp of how screwed up the internet and youtube are in respect to copyright law and the blatant abuse by companies to silence criticism of their games.
Pretty much sums everything up.