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Weekend links

Scoble found a great new video search engine – Not yet on TechCrunch: killer video search engine (ClipBlast),

Geoffrey Moore from Crossing the Chasm fame has some interesting insights about semantics of our industries: Three Industries Separated by a Common Language

Ayelet, AKA Blonde 2.0, just helped me in explaining Digg to all my non-2.0 friends Blonde 2.0: You Digg?

Christopher Penn continues the debate started in Podcamp Europe about internet TV: Christopher S. Penn: The Long Tail Will Kill You, Jeff Pulver

And, one of my favorite sites discuss Viacom attack against Google – with a great embedded clip: Techdirt: 10 Things Viacom Hates About Fair Use

Have a great weekend!

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YouTube Viacom Lawsuit Coverage – Ongoing Updates

David Mirchin, Internet Law Professor and a friend, wrote an excellent article about the YouTube / Viacom case. You can read it here, and contact him here.

I am going to have a podcast with David on this topic soon, so if you have any questions that need to be addressed, feel free to write a short comment…

UPDATE: Techdirt, one of my favorite blogs, adds another angle in this post.

4/4/07 UPDATE: Scott Kirsner from Cinematech (one of my favorite blogs about the relations between technology and the movie industry) has a short piece about both sides claims as they were published in Washington Post.

VON07: Jeff Jarvis Industry Perspective – We are taking over TV!

Let’s try some live blogging. I am at Jeff Jarvis industry perspective.

Here are the highlights:

  1. We are networks – we have channels, we have shows, we have series. we don’t have money but not expenses. We are TV – and we just began. We are 1954 in TV – TV sucked then, we suck now, but we will get better cause we can’t get worse.
  2. The advertisers give up – they loose and so are we. Our real friends have hard time in finding us. There is no longer one definition of good. The definition of big changes – blockbuster is dead. The top 100 shows are still very small.
  3. It’s about conversation – the most watched list is meaningless, size doesn’t matter – but quality does.
  4. We can do things right, and define what is right.
  5. What should we do? Our roughness is good. We don’t want to be old TV- let’s hope we don’t become one. we shouldn’t have orthodoxy.
  6. We will distribute our content in various outlets. The viewers are not going to come to us. We have to go to them.
  7. Viacom legal action is stupid. YouTube gives recommendation on Viacom shows – why kill it?
  8. Old media is about control. We need to understand how we can work without control and still get money.
  9. We can work with the big guys, by cooperation. Viral is great but hard, but the good stuff are the series, that build audience over time.
  10. Money – I am not getting any money. We are not ready for advertisers.

What do we need?

  1. Measurements – Metrics is sex. In a distributed world it is harder than usual. we need context – we need a unique identifier to every video item we distribute.
  2. We need to experiment on ads
  3. We need to serve ads across platforms
  4. Trust and identity of our content across networks
  5. Help the advertisers and viewers to get in touch with us
  6. How to find good content?
  7. Relationships – big old TV won’t die and is not the enemy. they give infrastructure, we can teach them how to be smarter. CBS is doing great as they use Youtube, unlike Viacom
  8. Protection against regulation – this is not content, this is conversation. we need to fight to keep TV ours.
  9. Creativity – we will make better stuff…

This guy is very energetic, and knows how wake up the crowd. Read more at his blog.

VON07: Pulver Announce Video On The Net Coalition

Jonathan Askin, general Counsel (and Wartime Consiglieri) at Pulver.com, announced yesterday on the creation of the Video On The Net Alliance, a global consortium of video content creators and application providers aimed at keeping this new industry free from government regulation.

As you all know, Jeff Pulver has a long history in VoIP politics, and it seems like he is trying to achieve the same goals in the new video industry . You can find more information here.

VON07 New Video Summit – Advertisers Are In the Dark Ages, No One Knows How to Make Money from Online Video, and We Have a Window of Opportunity of 3 Years

Yesterday was the first day of VON, here in San Jose. I spent most of my time at the New Video Summit, discussing the new media world. Most panels were insightful and engaging. Panels were led by Om Malik and Rafat Ali, among others.

If we want to summarize the event in one clear statement here it is:

No one has a clue what will happen in this field.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Content discovery is the number one problem for video creators and aggregators. Channels is one way to tackle it, and everybody are looking for technology to create them easily.

2. Advertisers are not embracing the new medium yet, though sponsorships are starting to flow, especially on blip.tv (or at least their impressive COO, Dina Kaplan, was the most vocal about it). Targeted ads is what everyone is looking for, but no one knows how to do it.

3. Most panelists stated that You Tube – Viacom dispute would not change the industry, but eventually create new rules of engagement between traditional and new media companies. The general consensus was that “the future is here” and these disputes would not destroy this young industry.

4. Not surprisingly, all site owners support net neutrality. At the same time most panelists agree that Quality of Service is important for industry growth. I wonder how these two views co-exist.

5. In Rafat Ali‘s panel, two interesting assumptions were made: one is that it will take 3 years to this industry to pick up and bring economic value to its players, and it will mature in 5 years. So, my dear readers , we have a lot of work to do….

6. In the same panel, most panelists stated that Google would find a way to monetize this new medium for local advertisers, and by doing so mature the market. When I sat behind Jeff Jarvis, it seemed like he agreed with them…

More to come….


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