User Generated Utopia In Doubt

February 21, 2007 – 4:42 pm

by Darren

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Google has been losing out lately when it comes to partnering deals with old media companies and their new media YouTube division. In fact, it’s starting to look like the predicted user-generated Utopia is in doubt at this point. Personally, I’m pretty sure that the model that was envisioned is never going to pan out, and for a lot of obvious reasons.

A lot of user-generated content is crap, and doesn’t add value

Try as I might to appreciate it, much user-generated content is absolute garbage. Yes, people have more tools than ever to distribute video, the trouble is, very few have any talent at making it. There are exceptions, of course, but the majority of user-generated content appears to be bootlegged videos, where the “producer” splices in some annoying crap of his own.

Lot’s of issues need to be sorted out for the model to succeed

  • What to do with the copyright issues? Someone has to pay the original artists if they’re doing derivative work?
  • What happens to the value of existing libraries of content with the influx of user-generated stuff?
  • Can top content creators be paid? How?

I think we’re a few years away from seeing all of these issues sorted out.

What are your thoughts on user-generated content?

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