The co-founder of YouTube, Chad Hurley, has said legal cases launched against the video-sharing website have been “unfair” and blamed traditional television broadcasters who are scared of losing their influence in the distribution of content, according to Arabian Business.
Multiple copyright cases have been launched against YouTube in recent years, but none have been successful.
In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, Hurley said the site was targeted because its phenomenal popularity had made it a threat to traditional video content owners and distributors.
“Of course I think it’s been unfair; when you’re in the spotlight you’re kind of blamed for all the problems,” Hurley said.
“I feel the [broadcasting] industry was making a lot of noise because they’re more scared about losing control, not necessarily just of creation of content, because everyone has a camera in their hand, but also the distribution of that content.”
About 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute – a rate that means more content is uploaded in a month than the three main US TV networks created in their first 60 years, the website claims.