View Full Version : YouTube Will Pay Users For Videos

01-27-2007, 10:52 PM
Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube Inc., said Saturday that his wildly successful site will start sharing revenue with its millions of users.

Hurley said one of the major proposed innovations is a way to allow users to be paid for content. San Bruno-based YouTube, which was sold to Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc. for $1.65 billion in November, has become an Internet phenomenon since it began to catch on in late 2005. Some 70 million videos are viewed on the site each day.

"We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users," Hurley said. "So in the coming months we are going to be opening that up."

Hurley, who at 30 is one of the youngest Internet multimillionaires, gave no details of how much users might receive, or what mechanism would be used.

In October 2005, Revver — which like YouTube offers video clips online — announced plans to attach advertising to user-submitted videos and give their creators a cut of the profits. Revver has said it would split the ad revenue evenly with content creators.

Hurley said that when YouTube started, he and the site's other co-founders — Steve Chen and Jawed Karim — felt revenue-sharing would build a community of users motivated by making money, rather than their love of videos.


King Felix
01-27-2007, 11:02 PM
well let me set up an account and upload everything i can think of

King Nate
01-27-2007, 11:15 PM
/me is going to start carrying a video camera with him everywhere.

01-27-2007, 11:49 PM
Does this mean they're getting ever closer to charging people to watch their videos?

01-28-2007, 01:10 AM
And what if the stuff put on by people is copyrighted?

Are they going to pay the user, and the people they copyrighted from, plus the actor(s) in it?

This is going to blow up in their face.