Google Video: Actually, Indies Can't Charge for their Work
Now, it seems like Google is following the same path.
In January, Google co-founder Larry Page introduced Google Video at the Consumer Electronics Show, telling the audience, "It lets anyone sell video. The content producers can decide what to charge."
Ten months later, Google is still only allowing major content owners -- those with 1,000 hours or more of video -- to charge for their content.
I haven't seen this reported anywhere... but here's a post from a Google employee on the topic:
It's true -- we have decided to postpone the purchase feature to the general public indefinitely. As you all know, we've been testing this feature with select content providers for some months. We know that many people were looking
forward to the purchase price feature, but we believe that the direction we're moving now will prove to be better for everyone in the long run. Our apologies for what must seem like a switch, but please remember that Google Video is a very young product, and we are seeing new developments and uses every day as the service grows.
Even without a purchase option, Google Video is still a way to reach millions of people around the world...
I wonder, given the purchase of YouTube last week, whether Google's attention will ever return to this issue.