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Thursday, November 02, 2006

November 2 - YouTube Sued

Many speculated that when Google took over YouTube, they would be sued for masses by the music industry. Today, YouTube have been sued. Not by the music industry though, but instead by UTube is a manufacturer of all kinds of exciting things including ‘tube mills’ and ‘tube machinery’. UTube actually means ‘Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation of Perrysburg, Ohio’ but for obvious reasons, use the name ‘UTube’. Why are they suing? Well, records show that they registered their domain back in 1996, way before the YouTube glory days. Since YouTube’s launch, their website has seen an average monthly visitor count of 1500 rise to one in excess of 2,000,000 people. Not much of a change there, as you can imagine. No wonder it was Alexa No.1 ‘Movers & Shakers’ last week! When the website goes back online, I imagine that they’ll be doing pretty steady business! Obviously, hosting and bandwith bills have become pretty steep, and in the past month, the website has moved from 5 different service providers alone. Even today, the website is still down after being kicked by yet another service provider. Who knows how much their bills are costing them! All they’ve said is that they are suing for ‘lost customers due to downtime caused by misguided users, believing they’re going to YouTube, typing in’. With all the GooTube media hype & Alexa publicity, interest can only have soared, and ironically, the company isn’t doing itself any favours by hitting the headlines by suing the big company. Rumours are aloft that UTube may be planning to sell the domain for a considerable sum, but the company denied such claims stating firmly that ‘The name UTube is a part of our identity’ and that they would not even consider selling it, despite the problems. Pretty mad if you ask me considering the circumstances! Read more at

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