Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

YouTube Users Could Share in Ad Revenues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

YouTube Users Could Share in Ad Revenues

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

YOUTUBE users could be paid for their video clips after the popular website was bought by Google for around $1.6bn ([pounds sterling]900m) Those who upload clips will get a slice of advertising revenue on the pages containing their videos.

Google fought off arch-rival Yahoo! in one of the biggest ever Internet deals.

The sale has made instant multimillionaires of creators Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who launched the site 19 months ago from a California garage.

YouTube has become one of the most popular sites on the web with more than 100million video clips viewed every day by an estimated 72 million users.

Clips range from bizarre home videos to snippets of TV shows, music gigs and sports events - many apparently breaching copyright laws.

In recent weeks, several major record companies, including Universal, have signed deals with YouTube to distribute clips and protect the rights of their artists.

Mr Hurley said: "Our community has played a vital role in changing the way that people consume media. …

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