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It is unknown if and when the deal between Google and YouTube will be made

The Wall Street Journal has published a report that claims Google is in negotiations to buy YouTube for an undisclosed amount – some speculation has the price tag on the site at more than $1.6 billion. A source familiar with the talks also said that the current negotiations are at a “sensitive” stage and could be halted or setback at any given moment.

While better technology allows larger frames, higher frame rates and better resolutions, the acquisition would make sense from a Google standpoint. YouTube's audience mixed with Google's ability to market ads could put Google in a nice position in the emerging market for video advertising. As of September 30, YouTube has almost half of the online video search market – serving more than 100 million videos per day.

The deal would, however, have some downsides for Google. The first problem the company would have to deal with is that YouTube has been facing pressure to clean up blatant copyright infringement by its users. Universal Music, for example, has claimed that YouTube owes the company “millions” because of infringement.

A number of companies have been trying to woo the YouTube co-founders into selling the company. Viacom, which offered $750 million for Facebook last year, may have also offered to purchase YouTube. Micorosft, Yahoo and the News Corporation have also shown previous interest in YouTube.



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You Tube vs Soapbox.
By crystal clear on 10/7/2006 7:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
"The deal would, however, have some downsides for Google. The first problem the company would have to deal with is that YouTube has been facing pressure to clean up blatant copyright infringement by its users. Universal Music, for example, has claimed that YouTube owes the company “millions” because of infringement"

This will provide Google some major headaches in the future if the deal goes through.
On the other hand MS starts of with a clean slate with its
MS Soapbox.





RE: You Tube vs Soapbox.
By arswihart on 10/7/2006 8:38:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the more blatant infringements are I think worse than any bittorrent download, because of the ease of access and the huge audience. I would feel pretty disgusted if I had anything on there that was being stolen like that. I'm talking about outright posting of TV shows, music videos, etc. Not stuff like using a little bit of a song clip in an original creation, for that kind of thing, I think copyright laws should be a bit more lax, like Creative Commons.


RE: You Tube vs Soapbox.
By crystal clear on 10/7/2006 10:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
You Tube was named one of Time magazines 50 coolest websites of the year.


RE: You Tube vs Soapbox.
By crystal clear on 10/7/2006 8:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
You can get the beta version of Soapbox on MSN vedeo.


Worrisome
By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 9:31:21 AM , Rating: 2
Since google already has video.google.com and since youtube is great because it has so-called copyrighted stuff I fear the worse. If google applies their video.google.policy to youtube youtube will become worthless and is gone and many many people will be very unhappy, which would not be good PR for google, but if they keep youtube as it is many big copyrightowners will smell the famous google money and start suing left and right.
All we can hope for is that google doesn't buy it.





RE: Worrisome
By Viper007Bond on 10/7/2006 2:18:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Google Video sucks ass. Takes days to get an upload approved, their playback system sucks, etc. Let's hope they don't ruin YouTube.


How about?
By GhandiInstinct on 10/7/2006 12:20:55 AM , Rating: 3
After they buy youtube, the buy NASA as well, and when we finally get back on track and land humans on mars, we'll get a live feed on the "GoogleTube" streaming network right away!

Hurray for the search engine revolution giving hundreds of billions to two college grads who will eventually rule the Earth Empire and cryogenically incubate themselves and live forever!




Correction
By cocoviper on 10/7/2006 1:51:58 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The Wall Street Journal has published a report that claims Google is in negotiations to buy YouTune for an undisclosed amount




Google buying Youtube?
By christyvarghese2004 on 10/7/2006 12:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
I gotta say that one of the most nagging things would be callin' in "Youtube Beta" which seems to be the case with,
let's see..................... almost all their products/services.

PS: This is a personal request from me and hopefully many others. Please Google, the net's Overlord don't make Youtube beta or stuff it with even more ads.

Thanks :D




Why toss away 1.6 billion???
By kibets on 10/6/06, Rating: -1
By mechwarrior1989 on 10/6/2006 11:32:29 PM , Rating: 4
Wait what? Google create it's own video service? You mean like video.google.com? No way! Why would google ever want to do that? That's crazy talk!

Anyways, a lot of people care about youtube and while it doesn't make money it does provide a service, something which Google has built it's business around. By acquiring Youtube Google takes away some of it's competition and also acquires all the videos which are on youtube and can implament it's own Google search stuff and make everyone's Youtube experiance much better. Google can also use it for sticking it's ads everywhere in order to continue to generate ad revenue. I would think a smart thing to do to get people to upload videos which people want to watch is to give directors a cut of the ad profits. I think that would probably work better than adsense in some regards.


RE: Why toss away 1.6 billion???
By mushi799 on 10/6/2006 11:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
apparently a lot of ppl care about youtube, hence the 1.6 billion dollar offer. This isnt rocket science.


RE: Why toss away 1.6 billion???
By Trugentleman02 on 10/7/2006 12:23:10 AM , Rating: 2
YOutube is great for watching old shows for a quick fix without any of the bittorrent hassles. That would suck if google buys it and charges to watch episodes like it does with video google. Free is definitely better in this case.


RE: Why toss away 1.6 billion???
By xsilver on 10/7/2006 12:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
That's the whole point of the copyright infringment thing
watching tv shows, no matter how old is still technically copyright infringment.
Youtube is only popular because it engages in borderline legal/illegal activities.
Think of it as napster v2.0
look how well napster turned out once it got bought by aol


By crazydrummer4562 on 10/7/2006 1:20:19 AM , Rating: 1
*cough* GOOGLE VIDEO *cough*


RE: Why toss away 1.6 billion???
By AzureKevin on 10/7/2006 3:52:37 PM , Rating: 3
People need to quit being so narrow-minded. This parallels with the Yahoo Offers 1 Billion for Facebook article. There were people who posted that they didn't even know what Facebook was, and thus they asked why Yahoo would pay a billion for something that can't possibly be popular if they personally had never heard of. But just because you don't know what it is or don't like it, that does not mean everyone else in the world thinks the same.


RE: Why toss away 1.6 billion???
By JeffDM on 10/8/2006 4:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
Hell didn't Microsoft just announce their own video service site a few days ago? YouTube?? ZZzzzz...

Has any Microsoft web service proved to be popular? Usually Microsoft's web services have users because the people they have don't bother to go to any other site, IE points to the MSN services by default, but even exploiting lazyness wasn't enough to beat Google, MySpace, etc.

YouTube is a major name now, it has an huge existing user base and collection of videos, infrastructure and programmers. Anyone buying YouTube is getting all those in one package rather than having to build all of that up the slow way and risk not being successful. The user base is the hardest one to build, though attracting the talent is a little harder. Google is pretty popular among young programmers so that might not be a selling point.

The biggest problem is being able to monetize the site, I don't think what they have now is paying sufficiently.


Microsoft will follow soon
By AlexWade on 10/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Microsoft will follow soon
By Dactyl on 10/7/2006 7:40:15 AM , Rating: 2
expect Microsoft to . . . start their own You Tube soon

It's called "SoapBox"


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