Just another boring August afternoon in the Internet Age

by Lee Gesmer on August 18, 2006

First, Google wants to digitize every book ever written.

Now, YouTube wants to make available, for free, every music video ever created:

YouTube, which sprung out of nowhere a year ago to now claim over 100 millions views a day, is negotiating for rights to post current and archive music videos on its site, and said any commercial model it decides on will offer the videos free.

“What we really want to do is in six to 12 months, maybe 18 months, to have every music video ever created up on YouTube,” co-founder Steve Chen told Reuters. “We’re trying to bring in as much of this content as we can on to the site.” (continued)

Right. When will Westlaw or Lexis step up and make every law case ever decided available for free? Now that would be worth getting excited about.

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