Following Google’s big copyright victory in France on Wednesday, TechDirt asks the question: how much would it cost to pre-screen YouTube videos?
Answer: about $37 billion.
The calculation is easy, the site claims, but the one key variable is: who would do the screening?
“You can't just use random people off the street, or starving artists, or bored software engineers, because the crucial question they must answer is: does too much of this video infringe on somebody's copyright? Only one class of person is qualified to answer that, and hence to take on this job: judges.”
Given that the average pay for a judge in Silicon Valley is $177,454, and that based on the volume of uploads (currently 72 hours per minute) and the number of working hours in a working day, it would take 199,584 judges to screen YouTube’s content at a grand total of $36,829,468,840 -- which is roughly equivalent to Google’s revenue for all of 2011.