If you have never wasted 30 mins+ of your life watching compilation videos of funny animals doing funny animal things you missed out on a fundamental internet experience. As much as I adore compilation videos for putting together what are often 10 seconds long samples of video genius into minutes of digestible amusement, I never considered that each individual clip has a separate creator who may want the rights to it reserved.
If you think about it, a large portion of Youtube’s content are video remixes as opposed to original self shot work. If each and every individual had to pay someone to use their footage that they found on the internet a whole Youtube sub-culture of remixes and compilations would likely disappear; primarily due to the fact that these are done by ordinary bored citizens with no production costs, that’s the whole point.The benefit of copyrighting a video of a cat jumping into a bathtub would obviously be the fact that the creator could get potential royalties back from their own work, but it’s unlikely that someone would be ready to pay for it in the first place.
It feels like copyrighting Youtube videos would be a slippery slope to attempting to copyright all original input into the web, and that’s just no fun. The whole point of this tool, dating back to it’s origins, is to share ideas freely and expand on the foundation of common knowledge and resources. The funny thing about Youtube is that more than half of the content would not be of broadcastable standard, but the whole point is that it’s there, it’s free and it’s kind of amusing in a non-committal way.
I say let the compilations be, more funny videos is always better than less.