Ghost Sites of the Web

Web 1.0 history, forgotten web celebrities, old web sites, commentary, and news by Steve Baldwin. Published erratically since 1996.

September 21, 2006 Jumps the Shark

New York Times Closes Real Estate BlogCall me a curmudgeon, but I think that the owners of have just lost their minds. Cutting a deal with Warner Music to allow the music giant to collect royalties from PPC advertising sounds like a great idea. But it completely destroys the social compact which allowed Youtube to become a video powerhouse, namely that if I upload something, the site will display it. Independent content creators do what they do because they don't want the copyright police, not the RIAA, not the MPAA, nor Warner Music's copyright lawyers - nobody.

Why couldn't simply let well enough alone? Well, obviously, someone held a gun to their heads, and told them "make a deal or get killed by the copyright police." And caved in.

This is what happens when brilliant ideas become too successful for their own good., like it or not, has "jumped the shark," and my prediction is that this once popular site will become the next, on the fast track toward becoming a Ghost SIte.

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