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Mark Cuban: Copyright Law Gives Hulu Advantage Over YouTube

Mark Cuban says the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (PDF) gives Hulu a distinct advantage over YouTube:

Hulu has one HUGE advantage over YouTube, it has the right to sell advertising in and around every single video on its site. It can package and sell any way that might make its customers happy. YouTube on the other hand, has that right for only the small percentage of the videos on its site that it has a licensing deal with. For probably 99pct or more of the videos on the site,
YouTube isn’t supposed to know what they even are.

How can that be? Because YouTube hides behind the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Hulu is a media site that presents videos with advertising. It can do whatever it wants. YouTube is
a hosting service. It’s not allowed to know what videos are uploaded by users and its not allowed to generate revenue against those videos. It can only sell advertising around videos it has
licenses to.

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  • Kath

    Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue, youtube gir so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back.