moTi - 1:21 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: moTi at 1:49 pm (utc) on May 28, 2010]
websites like youtube could only grow huge because of lax copyright rulings. normally, it doesn't suffice that you take down questionable content not until some user has objected to it. you have to either approve that content before showing it to the masses, moderate it or at least make sure to delete it upon noticing it on your own within a short reasonable time frame. and that's perfectly right.
youtube likes the self-conception as a host for user content: "broadcast yourself". in fact, it's the only way to duck out of their legal responsibilities. but the point is, they are no hosting service. they are a publisher like you and me, they have ads in and around the videos, they make money out of content supply others have contributed to.
does anybody of the youtube fanboys seriously think that you would get away with this kind of practice on your own websites? the legislation, that the website owner is resposible for content shown on his website is perfectly understandable. why should youtube be an exception? because it's so huge and it isn't practicable to approve the huge amount of user submitted material?
i find it funny that so many webmasters saddle themselves with the problems a website like youtube faces. you really think that volume is an argument here? seriously, is that really a problem you should lose sleep over? or is it rather youtube's own problem to get their act together. if they can't handle it, they should rather give a thought to how they can handle it. and don't tell me that it's impossible: have you ever seen p.0.r.n on youtube? they have the massive technical infrastructure - if they really can't they will simply have to limit the amount of user submissions, period. even if that means that you and your friends don't get entertained as they used to with pirated free material from this source.
For many users it seems rather a matter of convenience to hold the status quo as long as possible. you should know it won't last forever. how much that "everything for free" mentality has brainwashed us is absolutely astonishing.
[edited by: moTi at 1:49 pm (utc) on May 28, 2010]