In Why Google is more dangerous than Microsoft earlier today, I signaled to John Battelle that he ought not hold his breath for Google to step up to the money plate in support of "journalism," despite the fact that Google makes oodles of dollars off of gratis news.
Move over news industry, the film industry wants it fair shake as well, from YouTube.
At the D Conference underway in San Diego, filmaker George Lucas called upon YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen to stand up for the film community, according to Rafat Ali.
After Lucas spoke to Chad and Steve about "all the illegal movie content on YouTube," he asked them to:
Donate money to film schools like USC in the spirit of giving back to the community that built them.
Of note, paidContent's Ali characterizes the exchange as "surreal."
What is even more "surreal" is that a Web content company that is inspired by "paid content," would find a discussion about the need in some way to be "paid" for the commercial, for profit exploitiation of content, out of the ordinary.