BBC Being Forced to Pay to Upload "TopGear" Shows Onto YouTube

Jeremy Clarkon and James May spotted filming Top Gear segment in Beijing
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Anyone who has Internetted before is likely well aware of how YouTube works. Legally, YouTube is a place where people go to upload their own random videos for people to see. In the real world, YouTube is a place where people steal other people’s videos and post them online, pawning them off as their own until YouTube shuts them down. Then the user just changes his user name, reposts the video, then repeat...

Sometimes, companies do actually use YouTube to promote their TV shows and movies, and the BBC is one of the biggest to do so. It is not uncommon to see 9 or so, minutes of “TopGear” and “Nigella Lawson” on YouTube for “promotional purposes.” In the UK, the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) regulates on-demand videos and forces all companies to sign up and pay fees for TV-like programs on places like YouTube.

Well, the ATVOD is now calling these 9-minute pieces TV-like programs and are requiring the BBC to pony up ₤2,900 ($4,601 at the current exchange rates) per channel on YouTube for said programming.

The BBC is now appealing to the governing sector of its government, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) to have this matter resolved. The BBC actually operates its own On-Demand TV service and pays the fees related to it, as required by law, but it feels the YouTube videos are “short form” and are not typically watched at home.

We’ll keep an eye on this story, but we are pretty certain that the BBC will come out of this still paying a little money due to this odd law.


Source: The Telegraph

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  (377) posted on 09.3.2012

I guess its time for YouTube to get back on this business and it’s just for BBC to pay fees on every posting they had on that site.

  (647) posted on 09.2.2012

BBC uses facebook for their popularity of their show. Some viewers tend to watch on YouTube just to watch their missed episodes.

  (780) posted on 08.31.2012

What are the new things for Youtube? TopGear is a great show and why they are setting a business on this public website?

  (364) posted on 08.31.2012

I think its right for YouTube to ask for payment on TopGear videos. It’s necessary for the YouTube helps the TopGear to have a good video for the viewers

  (579) posted on 08.30.2012

They are making money on BBC. They should implement this on all YouTube users if they want it that way.

  (613) posted on 08.30.2012

I know there is something fishy going on. They should push this into the court.

  (528) posted on 08.29.2012

They are making ways to become this site profitable. Well, they are informed that videos can be downloaded and watch at any time without any cost.

  (777) posted on 08.28.2012

This is a free site then why they are forced to pay fees for nothing?

  (291) posted on 08.28.2012

We always never know what’s happening under the table. It’s all business and they are all care for money. I think there’s nothing to worried about.

  (449) posted on 08.28.2012

As long as the viewers are not affected, they have nothing to worry about it.

  (692) posted on 08.28.2012

Being forced?! Man, you’ve got to be kidding me! How come they are forced to do that stuff if they will get millions of dollars from it?!

  (577) posted on 08.27.2012

Oh, when did they start to collect payments from posting videos on YouTube? It’s a free website right?

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