There was a news article over at the BBC recently about YouTube losing a court battle in Germany over copyrighted music clips. It wasn’t clear what will become of this ruling, but it does make me wonder if we could see more legal battles like this in the near future. I am actually surprised we don’t hear about this happening to a big site like YouTube more often than what we do.
There has to be quite a few videos that have been uploaded without permission and involve a copyright violation. Figuring which ones are in violation and which ones are not would be another story though.
The interesting part of the article mentioned:
Currently, it is estimated that about 60 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube worldwide every minute.
Since this was a BBC News article I am going to assume that they know what they are talking about, and that it is a fairly accurate figure.
How much space does 1 hour of video consume:
Good question. It depends on how the video was recorded, compression, codex, screen resolution, audio, quality, etc. I see numbers like 200 MB, 300 MB, and even all the way up to 1000 MB (1 GB ish) mentioned. So whether it is as low as 200 MB per 1 hour of video, or 1000 MB per 1 hour of video either way it is huge. Now take that times 60 hours of video per minute uploaded to YouTube, and you could be looking at 12,000 MB (12 GB) 200 MB x 60) on the low end all the way up to 60,000 MB (60 GB) 1000 MB x 60) every minute.
Take a nice small easy number like 10 GB’s per minute and do the math for an entire 24 hour day. 10 GB’s per minute x 60 minutes in an hour = 600 GB’s per hour x 24 hours in a day = 14,400 GB’s per day!
That is just crazy. Where do they store all those videos? They must have a team building storage racks and cages all day long every day or something. I can’t possibly imagine. I would love to take a tour and see what they do in their datacenters one day.
For some reason I keep thinking about The Matrix movie as I try to envision what it must be like.
Can you imagine the bandwidth usage both in and out for just YouTube. Not just the bandwidth involved for the members uploading the 14,400 GB’s per day or more, but all the YouTube videos that are being watched by everyone. I am sure Google receives a pretty good price on bandwidth, but they still need to generate a ton of money to pay for everything involved. All the technical server, networking, storage, bandwidth, technicians, programmers, and general business up keep and management.
Just so the entire world can upload and watch free videos on YouTube. It is kind of amazing when you think about everything involved and all of us end users don’t pay a single cent to use it.
Even if the figures are a little high day after day, and year after year you would think at some point it would cost Google more than what they make to maintain it.