Did anybody at Google ever do the math on YouTube’s storage requirements? In the early days of YouTube, probably not. After all, YouTube’s founders were more intent on growing fast and getting bought out by someone with deep pockets so they, too, could celebrate being rich.
YouTube is home to more videos than all the rest of the world’s video collections than anyone else. How does Google pay for all that storage? Ads. Commercials. Every video the average user uploads gets the privilege of riding along with a commercial or two.
Hey, we understand. Advertising greases the wheels of eCommerce. But not forever.
As much as we might like to use YouTube as a backup repository for every video we own and many we do not, Google is under no obligation to serve it or store it.
Says who? Google. YouTube’s new Terms of Service as of next month.
YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve content
What? Say it ain’t so, Joe.
YouTube is an open platform so almost any video goes, but just so you know, and now you do, open doesn’t mean what it used to mean. YouTube is not obligated to store your video.
Some of this potentially mean-spiritedness may have arrived after the Federal Trade Commission fined Google $170-million for violations of COPPA– the children’s online privacy protection act. Or, not.
What if you have a YouTube account or a Channel which is not making any more for Google?
YouTubers found this:
YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the service to you is no longer commercially viable
In other words, whatever videos you store on YouTube, whether your own channel for which you desire to obtain some revenue shared with Google or with all those cat videos or burping toddler videos, just remember that money talks.
Google bought YouTube to make money so if your videos don’t make money but take up lots of storage or get plenty of views but sponsors don’t want their ads shown, then the videos might get dumped.
All those crazy people who put up pictures as the video for a golden oldie song from yesteryear should have to pay Google. YouTube has enough videos and wants you to know it doesn’t need you anymore.