You Tube goes Legit

Published: 2006-08-16
Popular video website YouTube is in talks with a couple of major record labels in an effort to post thousands of music videos on their site legally.

The site, which according to Reuters gets over 100 million views a day, accounts for the majority of all videos watched online. YouTube co-founder Steve Chen told Reuters, "What we really want to do is in six to 12 months, maybe 18 months, to have every music video ever created up on YouTube."

Major labels Warner Music and EMI confirmed to Reuters that they are working with YouTube to offer free music videos online, unlike other services that require payment to view videos. However with paid videos you can usually transfer them from computers to portable devices. It is unclear whether this will be possible with the new YouTube deal or whether the service will continue to stream videos like they do currently.

The site got in some hot water recently when copyrighted television programs were showing up on the free service.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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