Originally posted by DrKF
It's so directly comparable to YouTube in this regard, that surely we can expect to see YouTube shut down and its management arrested next. Uh-huh. I will eat my hat when that happens, and my winter hat is furry and will not taste nice at all.
You are absolutely in no danger of getting fur stuck down your throat.
The thing is Youtube proactively turned itself into a corporate hosting service such that all the stars these days showcase their newest and latest material inside of their Vevo players for which all you the viewer is asked to do is watch a 15 sec add. But generally you would put up with it because the quality is generally far superior to other posts of that same song by people who definitely are not authorised to have uploaded said material. The process started off quite slowly, but now it is a flood, where for some artists and or styles of music, the predominant form it takes on youtube is ad based. Score 1 for the carrot approach. Now apart from the artist Prince who once was known as TAFKAP, the are not many instances where the labels get clips shut down. They must work off the principle of any exposure is good for business.
So to comment on your hypothetical expectation, I think it highly unlikely that youtube's management are even in the slightest bit of danger, given that they have orchestrated a content delivery system that increasingly sees every bit of premium, must see content being preceded by an advert. If anything youtube management are probably high on everyone's gift lists.The carrot approach works. Every song practically on youtube now has an itunes link, which after you've followed out of curiosity, brings you face to face with the sound and visual quality you miss when you look at the standard youtube board of fare. Once you are given a taste of the much higher itunes fidelity, you never quite can live with the typical crappy youtube version of the product.
So what seemed at first to be an act of revolution for people all over the globe to freely share copyrighted material, the media companies with very few exceptions have indulged this criminal behaviour and turned youtube into a preview service for their higher quality versions of the same product. kerching kerching kerching.
At the end of the day what self respecting middle class kid from middle America is going to let themselves be embarrassed by the fact that they played a whole bunch of standard rez clips on their new 52 inch 3D panel, that they obviously downloaded off youtube using Firefox. Seriously what kind of flake puts on such a low rent show for a 16th birthday party anyways?
The scammer becomes the scammed!