I think Mark Cuban has more valid points than Cory does on the controversies swirling around copyright and takedown notices delivered by Viacom. Cory is right that it’s annoying and obnoxious to send takedowns to people who obviously are not infringing, but that’ll shake out soon enough. What isn’t shaking out soon enough is what I’ve discussed at length before – YouTube and Myspace and other big players are making hundreds of millions by purposing user generated content to their commercial needs. I’d even concede that commercialism is not the bottom line on these big player/user interactions, and also concede that users like me are agreeing to provide content that in turn gets searched at Google and generates money for them and *sometimes* for me.
However as Mark correctly notes it’s significant to ask within the copyright, content, and user community issue this question: Who gets the lion’s share of the revenues created by copyright holders or community participants? I’d like to see more of that cash flow to the community and less to the big players. But maybe that’s just because I’m a community guy?