Pacific papers beware: YouTube is coming

GOOGLE is going to get bigger and more aggressive in the Pacific markets in the next 12 months. No surprises there, especially at Fairfax Media in Sydney where staff are watching the web firm’s new offices being built brick by metaphorical brick, writes Mark Hollands.

One of Google’s prized processions is YouTube. It should be. It cost them enough. $US1.65 billion in fact. And you’d be crazy if you did not think YouTube will be yet another media property in your market place, trying to cut your lunch, before 2009 is finished – recession or no recession.

But YouTube’s got some image problems with the big and medium-sized brands right now. Principally, who wants to have their product advertised alongside an illegal download of The OC or South Park? No, thank you. Not a good look if the client company takes the value of its own IP seriously.

It could be worse. A multi-million-dollar investment to bring a new car to market could pop up next to some street kid doing donuts in a hot car. Potential career suicide for a marketer. And let’s not get into the porn and kinky stuff.

All this is a hassle for YouTube right now.

But it’s an internet company – management don’t sit around all day trying to synchronise calendars to talk endlessly about the problem. They take action.

One of my favourite tech sites, TechRepublic, is going to get into how YouTube is responding to the challenge. Why should newspaper people care? Because YouTube will soon be a very real competitor. If you cannot conceive them being in your neighborhood, get your head out of the sand.

TechRepublic is about to webcast about what YouTube is doing to resolve the issue of illegal videos and better alignment of ads to appropriate videos. This should be great competitive information for you.

Here’s how TechRepublic spins it:

Two years ago, illegal use of professionally created video was rampant on the web, particularly on video sharing sites such as YouTube. Among those most visibly undercut were NBC Universal and Viacom, which filed a $1 billion suit against YouTube parent Google to stop illicit publishing of their content.

Now, a year after YouTube introduced its Video Identification tool to stem misuse, you can hear from and talk directly with Rick Cotton, the general counsel for NBC, on how automated systems for identifying and protecting professionally produced content are working, particularly at YouTube.

Click here to register for the live webcast next week.


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