& +Matthew Morrison
, this is a bigger problem that you realize, and there is a balance to strike. No DRM will likely mean video via many businesses will not be supported on HTML5 video. Some DRM will likely mean that HTML5 can become a dominant spec like h264, for better or worse.
I am not going to debate the marrits of one startup vs. another, but any startup that tries to chase youtube will have this problem. if you like data silos, then this doesn't matter. again it's a balance.
i should not have use the moniker, users, these are people that find a way to upload the video to our service, and then they find a way to host that video on an evil.com
site that is showing the video as their own, selling their own ads, and then not paying for the bandwidth that supports the video in the first place.
I know for you guys DRM free video is probably a philosophical principle, but I will argue that everything has it's purpose and can be used for 'good' and for 'bad'.
right now we enjoy a largely 'anonymous' and 'free' web, yes we are tracked and 'yes' we have some limited DRM in plugins like flash, but shifting to a number of these technologies based on principles may have unintended consequences. some of which will hurt people not at the same scale as google, some will hurt access to open media.
i would suppose that there will always be a way to secure the content, and that trend will likely lead towards people logging in with a social identity, it may also lead to the dissolution of smaller advertisers, and it may lead to people being required to pay for content before the content is released.
if the web does shift to a paid model, the focus going forwards might be on real value vs. attention getting content, but that is another philosophical debate.
i'm just trying to enlighten the conversation, i no longer work at said video company and i don't plan to work in the video space. however, i do think companies like Netflix offer the internet substantial value, at a great price and i'd like to see other companies stick around like them. the internet in the end is a better way to fight this battle than it was previously fought via cable networks.
i support a pragmatic approach.