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HOW MANY ILLEGAL VIDEOS ARE ON YOUTUBE?

Published Apr. 11, 2007

On YouTube, copyrighted video clips of movies and TV shows are far less popular compared with noncopyrighted material than previously thought, a new study says. On their face, the results could have serious implications for YouTube's owner, Google, and the media companies, most notably Viacom, with which it has been negotiating. But not everyone agrees. Vidmeter (vidmeter.com), which tracks the online video business, determined that the clips that were removed for copyright violations - most of them copyrighted by big media companies - made up 9 percent of all videos on the site. Even more surprising, the videos that have been removed make up 6 percent of the views. "This finding," writes Henry Blodget on his Internet Outsider blog (www.internetoutsider.com), "is the opposite of consensus, which assumes that Big Media videos account for a small percentage of total videos, but a large percentage of views." It means, he adds, that Google has "a lot more leverage in the YouTube-Big Media negotiations than was commonly thought." But the consensus might not have been so far off, after all, writes Adario Strange on the Epicenter blog at Wired News (blog.wired.com/business). The study is flawed because it examined only those videos that YouTube removed after receiving a complaint from a copyright holder, he writes. It "fails to take into account the vast number of copyrighted videos that slip under the radar daily, existing on YouTube sometimes for months before any removal request is made."

Attitude is everything on job, list reminds us

The National Business Research Institute's blog (nbrii.com/blog) offers five factors that affect employee productivity. No. 1 is a no-brainer: "Attitude is everything," so "happy employees are productive employees." No. 2 tells us that bad bosses are often the biggest barriers to maintaining a productive staff. But the NBRI apparently disagrees slightly with a consultant who told the blog, "A poor supervisor is definitely the No. 1 factor that causes low productivity."

He's 102, and he has a mortgage

A 102-year-old pensioner in East Sussex, England, was recently granted a 25-year mortgage, according to the Times Online of London. The unidentified mortgage holder, who will rent his property out, "joins a growing army of retired people hoping to cash in on buy-to-let schemes," according to the newspaper's Web site (business.timesonline.co.uk). Most lenders in Britain usually limit mortgages to those younger than 75, but some banks have loosened their restrictions lately, leading to "a rush of applications from older investors."