As a fan of Clay Aiken, I have come to enjoy YouTube. It has given me the opportunity to re-live many Clay Aiken memories and, even more importantly, has allowed us to watch many artistic montages by some talented fans.
YouTube was founded by three former PayPal employees, who, after witnessing the boom of online grassroots video, realized the need for a decent service that made the process of uploading, watching and sharing videos hassle-free. They registered the domain YouTube.com on February 15th, 2005 and developed the site over the following months from a garage in Menlo Park. In November 2005, YouTube made its debut with a $3.5 million of funding from Sequoia Capital.
In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google.
The service of YouTube is completely free for its users. The company makes it money by having banner advertising, sponsorships, partnerships and promotions.
The biggest problem with YouTube seems to be copyright infringements. There have not been a lot of lawsuits over copyright infringement as the site has taken down videos to settle some complaints. It is up to the copyright holders to issue the takedown notice.
One of the great things about YouTube is that the concept – uploading, viewing and sharing videos seems to appeal to nearly every age, race, and nationality. Their growth has been truly phenomenal. Used by millions everyday, they have made an exceptional name for themselves and have become the company that changed the way the world watches videos.
Over the last two weeks, over 12 million people have watched the popular wedding march on YouTube. Because of this, YouTube is bragging that they are forging a positive relationship with the music industry. The wedding party danced down the aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever.” The video is responsible for the song becoming an unexpected hit. According to Billboard, the song sold 50,000 downloads during the first week the wedding was on YouTube. That marks the highest sale for Brown since December of 2008.
Perhaps the music labels should take note of this. The labels have been afraid of allowing any free downloads on-line while the independent artists have been doing it successfully for a few years.
Do you use YouTube? Do you download Clay Aiken performances? Well, we certainly use them here. They make enjoying Clay so much easier.
So………lets see a Clay Aiken video!!