No matter how you spun it, a lawsuit was waiting to pounce on YouTube. And when the lawsuit came, it would be from multi-billion dollar media conglomerates. Worst of all, people feared it will trigger a landslide of more lawsuits. And even still, Google bought YouTube. And now thebillion dollar warhas begun.
And I wondered: Maybe Google actually wanted to be sued.
First of all, in a perfect world, no, Google wouldn’t want this. And Google, hoping that the world is close enough to perfect, did buy YouTube. But somewhere during discussions, someone must have asked, “How is this different from Morpheus and Kazaa? Won’t we be sued into oblivion?”
The smart lawyers at Google probably mentioned something about the DMCA, but honestly, would you want to buy a company that would be hated, constantly, by the very people who own the content that keeps you afloat? Or better, how will such a site remain #1 if there is a unified effort by content owners to either displace or destroy you? Most of all, media companies, who have significant clout and money, wouldn’t let YouTube host their content for free without a fight. There was more to this purchase than meets the eye.
No matter how you look at it, the purchase came with a lot of legal risk. I believe nobody at Google is surprised that Viacom is suing and wants $1 billion, A.K.A. most of the sum Google paid for YouTube. This is all part of the expected road map in owning YouTube.
So plan A was to hope people would be nice and look the other way. That worked for a year so far, and Google hoped it would continue. Plan B was to get sued.
This isn’t any ordinary “get sued and win” plan. Waiting to get sued so you can win in court is a defensive move for most companies. But for Google, this is preemptive. This is about Google defending YouTube instead of YouTube defending YouTube.
Why Getting Sued is a Preemptive Strategy
Let’s pretend that YouTube was not bought out because talks got delayed. Then realize that it would have probably been sued a lot sooner by a lot more people. Investors would flee and nobody would want the company now. If YouTube goes broke, that would have likely pushed Myspace Video to #1, giving Interactive Corp a huge edge since it happens to own Fox Entertainment. Myspace Video would become whatever was in the best interest of Big Media. Probably a DRM infested piece of crap that sued its users for uploading copyrighted material.
On the other hand, if YouTube didn’t go broke and fought the lawsuits, imagine if they had lost. Myspace Video gets to keep whatever edge it has, but virtually every other video site on the Internet becomes illegal overnight. Thousands of user records and IP addresses would get subpoenaed, and video sharing dies in one fell swoop.
Why Does Video Sharing Matter to Google?
What’s the next big thing on the net? Video. Google cares what happens in video sharing because it wants a slice of the video ad market. It doesn’t want to just be in the market, it wants to own it like it owns text ads. But that’s not the whole answer.
Google bought YouTube because it wanted to make sure of three things:
Google has first dibs for video ads on the biggest video site on the Internet
YouTube remains legal
Expand and protect current fair use related provisions involving copying intellectual property
The first point is obvious, and the second point feeds into point #1.
But the third point is the most important for Google. If YouTube were to lose a lawsuit for hosting intellectual property, it would severely weaken Google’s position in a variety of current and future endeavors. Any aspirations Google has of some day crawling and indexing video content (nope, they don’t have this technology yet) would now be in a legal limbo. It would also potentially re-introduce new arguments against their Google Image Search. And their book search program might suffer a similar fate once the YouTube precedent settles in. Google, being a company that spiders and indexes (stores) massive amounts of copyrighted information, would now be in serious legal jeopardy.
YouTube is Google’s Future
Thus, Google not only threw money at YouTube: it threw its lawyers at YouTube too. Google’s lawyers are some of the most well-versed copyright lawyers in the world since so many of their lawsuits deal with that issue.
The goal here is simple. Google wants to own the #1 video sharing site (completely legal), own 100% of the ads on that site, and clarify many currently-ambiguous copyright issues in their favor. If all of that goes as planned, the $1.5 billion paid to YouTube was a small price to pay. But if they had never gotten involved, the potential losses were far greater than a billion or two. Since Google has a market capitalization of over $130 billion, even a dip of 1% means losses of over $1 billion. But if entire sections of their business model became legally uncertain, you can bet they’d lose a lot more than 1%, especially with their insanely high P/E ratio (the ratio between how much they make and what their stock is worth).
By fighting a lawsuit, Google gets to prove the legitimacy of Internet video distribution - something that will probably never flourish under the “old media” regime. Unfortunately for them, the DMCA protects site owners from liability of what its users do — or at least that’s the general interpretation. Letting YouTube fight this battle alone with their own lawyers might have resulted in a very public and unnecessary loss that would have crippled Google’s video ambitions and possibly caused collateral damage to a bunch of related industries (especially search). This would have forced everybody to play by the conglomerates’ rules, and taken anyway any guarantee of Google getting any cut of the video ad pie. Video sharing needs this clarification before it can move forward. And if Google legitimizes it, they will have the biggest video site on the web for their video ads to play.
So let’s ask ourselves again: would Google pay $1.5 billion so it can fight the lawsuit on behalf of YouTube? Now that I think about it, it seems like a wise long term move.
Did you ever notice that certain things only happen in the movies, but never happen in real life? For example:
1. It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.
2. When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it’s aired.
4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.
5. Any lock can be picked with a credit card or paperclip in seconds. UNLESS it’s the door to a burning building with a child inside.
6. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.
7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.
8. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.
9. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off. Even while scuba diving.
10. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.
11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).
12. Getaway cars never start first go. But all cop cars do. (They will also slide to a dramatic stop in the midst of a crime scene).
13. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.
14. On a police stake-out, the action will only ever take place when food is being consumed and scalding hot coffees are perched precariously on the dashboard…
15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).
16. Cars never need fuel (unless they’re involved in a pursuit).
17. If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.
18. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.
19. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.
20. All single women have a cat.
21. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.
22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
23. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick’s Day parade - at any time of the year.
24. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.
25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
26. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis. They have expensive clothes and nice apartments but no pimps. They are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don’t mind at all what the girl does for a living.
27. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.
28. It is not necessary to say “Hello” or “Goodbye” when beginning a telephone conversation. A disconnected call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying “Hello? Hello?” repeatedly.
29. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once (this is known as Stallone’s Law).
30. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in you room will still be visible, just slightly bluish.
31. Plain or even ugly girls can become movie star pretty simply by removing their glasses and rearranging their hair.
32. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies with complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks.
33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.
34. Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.
36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.
37. Most musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.
38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.
39. All teen house parties have one of every stereotypical subculture present (even people who aren’t liked and would never get invited to parties).
40. Trucks use their horns at random (no hang on, that happens in real life too!).
how come so many people put this thing above as their msn nick?!?!?!? but quite shoik right? palm trees, one house... this kinda house most prolly near a beach... waking up to the sea breeze and staring into the horizon... who dun want.. no wonder so many people put as their msn nick...
after so much shit i finally managed to get this thing working! haha. dint really do much today, and the only constructive thing that i think i did, i recorded it. but making tons of mistakes along the way too. =P thanks to xiang for the piano book and piano.guitar version nxt i hope...
had a great weekend.. a great day.... so i think i should be feeling happy... so the weird thing is... i'm feeling something else. something else that i haven felt in a long time. its a weird feeling. how do i even describe it? it's like wanting more of something... and something you're not gonna get...
emotions.. sometimes i jus hate it. why? cos i'm too emotional. can't i jus be simple and be happy? why do i need to complicate things and make it such that i end up having these weird feelings. i'm emotional but yet most of the time these emotions are kept deep down inside the deepest part of myself. rarely do i let it out. and when they're filling me all the way up.. it's like having a luggage which is too full and u can't zip it up. the only way to do it.. is to sit on it.. beat it down... whack it so hard so that all the stuffs inside are compressed. yea.. that's the way things are at the moment i guessed. i feel stuffed.... if you jus throw me into water now.. i'm so gonna drown...
took quite an interesting IQ test at the above website. according to brandon an IQ test will usually cost about $45. and this is free so why not. and it provides quite a comprehensive explaination of your results although i kinda doubt it's accuracy due to the number of questions it took them to garner that conclusion. General statistics
Total number of questions: 30 Questions answered: 29 Questions not answered: 1 Questions answered correctly: 26 Questions answered incorrectly: 4 Percentage correct answers: 86 %
Your age adjusted IQ score is 129 and the average score for all test takers is 100.
Your Grade ** Above Average **
i'm above average! haha.. now it confirms the fact that i'm really better then the average person. ha!
Strengths and weaknesses
Your highest score was in Spatial
According to this test your spatial skills are the most developed of all your intellectual capabilities - your capability to manipulate 3-D objects in space is your biggest strength.
Your lowest score was in Verbal
According to this test your verbal skills are the most underdeveloped of all your intellectual capabilities - your capability to use language effectively and to communicate well is your biggest weakness.
holy shit! since when did verbal become my most underdeveloped skill!! this is not good man. seriously. so now i have to go back to reading books, newspapers and talk more to people? so people do change huh? so guys, please communicate more with me..... you're helping me.
Recently there's a movie craze for me. helped by the fact that i wasn't feeling that well, and couldn't really move around much. managed to catch snatch again.
and there is so much more we can look for in a movie. for example in 'Snatch' the storyline is brilliant and so is the soundtrack. very Tarantino-styled soundtrack with a good mix of electrica and understated pop songs.
i also love a couple of zhang yimou movies. Hero and House of Flying dagger.
superb cinematography. both movies were shot beautifully. i bought the dvd for Hero recently after searching for awhile. have not managed to get my hands on House of Flying Daggers yet. The plot for Heroes was also quite unique. Repeating different versions of the story and each time, there is a different mood created by the clever use of colours for the scenes.
Here's a couple more movies which i think are worth watching
whatever kind of films, movies, shows we like are very subjective. i might love it, you might hate it. but if you're interested, i can lend you the dvd or smthing.
jo tagged me. so now i have to tell people 6 weird things about me. i dunno wat's weird about me leh.... but i'll still try...
Instructions: Each player of this game starts off by giving 6 weird things about themselves. People who get tagged need to write in a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state the rules clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. After you do that, leave them each a comment letting them know you tagged them and to read your blog.
i like to sing old school hokkien songs in ktv.
i like to do forward rolls in my own living room.
i like to sing along to Akon's Smack That and smack the hell out of anyone in sight.
i set the clocks at home to 30mins faster then normal so that i wun be late. (doesn't work)
i dun like to sleep unless i really need it.
i like to arrange my msn windows in a particular order like below, if not i will feel uneasy chatting
ok, so that's 6. and i dun think i will tag 6 people to do this. cos it will be very embarrassing if they dun do it. so i think i ask 3 enough. ros, fanny and brandon. don't let me down hor. haha.
nice show that i've been following which just ended. sometimes you feel that you can jus connect to the characters in the show.
here's a brief description -
An electronic handheld device (PDA) leads earnest and lively Fiona to reunite with Alan, who was her old crush in school. Fiona has never forgotten Alan, who was her senior in school. Fiona and Alan crossed paths again at a mall, which is designed like a celestial place in the series (hinting at the starred-crossed paths of lovers). Aside from Alan, Fiona also met Nick at the same place. Fiona believes that love is the most important thing in life, but Alan unfortunately is focused on success and his career. While Nick's simplicity and honesty reminds Fiona of the old Alan she once loved.
Ever been embarrassed at parties? Losing arguments after arguments does make you look small in front of people... When someone say something and they lay and smack down on you? You too can win arguments. Simply follow these rules:
Suppose you are at a party and some hotshot intellectual is expounding on the economy of Peru, a subject you know nothing about. If you're drinking some health-fanatic drink like grapefruit juice, you'll hang back, afraid to display your ignorance, while the hotshot enthralls your date. But if you drink several large martinis, you'll discover you have STRONG VIEWS about the Peruvian economy. You'll be a WEALTH of information. You'll argue forcefully, offering searing insights and possibly upsetting furniture.
People will be impressed. Some may leave the room.
MAKE THINGS UP
Suppose, in the Peruvian economy argument, you are trying to prove that Peruvians are underpaid, a position you base solely on the fact that YOU are underpaid, and you'll be damned if you're going to let a bunch of Peruvians be better off. DON'T say: "I think Peruvians are underpaid." Say instead:
"The average Peruvian's salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base is $1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty level."
NOTE: Always make up exact figures.
If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up too. Say:
"This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon's study for the Buford Commission published on May 9, 1982. Didn't you read it?" Say this in the same tone of voice you would use to say, "You left your soiled underwear in my bathroom."
USE MEANINGLESS BUT WEIGHTY-SOUNDING WORDS AND PHRASES
Memorize this list:
Let me put it this way In terms of Vis-à-vis Per se As it were Qua So to speak
You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as "Q.E.D.", "e.g.", and "i.e." These are all short for "I speak Latin, and you don't."
Here's how to use these words and phrases. Suppose you want to say,"Peruvians would like to order appetizers more often, but they don't have enough money."
You never win arguments talking like that. But you WILL win if you say:
"Let me put it this way. In terms of appetizers vis-à-vis Peruvians qua Peruvians, they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they do not have enough money per se, as it were. Q.E.D." Only a fool would challenge that statement.
USE SNAPPY AND IRRELEVANT COMEBACKS
You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevant phrases to fire back at your opponents when they make valid points. The best are:
You're begging the question. You're being defensive. Don't compare apples to oranges. What are your parameters?
This last one is especially valuable. Nobody (other than engineers and policy wonks) has the vaguest idea what "parameters" means.
Don't forget the classic: YOU'RE SO LINEAR.
Here's how to use your comebacks:
As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873...
Your opponent says:
Lincoln died in 1865.
You're begging the question.
Liberians, like most Asians...
Your opponent says:
Liberia is in Africa.
You're being defensive.
So that's it. You now know how to out-argue anybody. Do not try to pull any of this on people who generally carry weapons.