The Upside to Video Uploads

Set apart from the file-sharing rebels by copyright cooperation and ad income potential, user-created video sites will continue to flourish

Over the past six months, a new generation of video Web sites has captured the attention of Internet users, the press, and investors. Revver, YouTube, Grouper Networks, MetaCafe, and Guba—along with more established players such as Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), iFilm, and Microsoft's (MSFT) MSN—are all jostling for attention in the user-created video space. Even AOL (TWX), seldom a leader, implores its subscribers to "break out your video cam and fill us in." This explosion in user-generated video led some analysts to predict recently that the video site "bubble" is ripe for collapse.

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