I wonder what would of happened to youtube if google hadn't of purchased it. You can't say it's a profitable business model because I get no ads on it and whatever ads aren't in the videos my browsers block anyhow.
Google has demolished what was left of youtube by following the myspace example of constantly changing things. It's so busted up now google will only put the pedal to the floor.
I haven't been able to login to my youtube account since they required you to have a google account to do so. I refuse to do that crap.
I know youtube won't go anywhere under google since the content flows across googles network allowing them to leverage free bandwidth because ISPs want connected to google and youtube so it's free for them.
Nothing will come about in these dmca cases. Small companies would be out of business just going through the litigation but google won't shed a feather.