Support for some of the speculation I offered the other day about the Google purchase of YouTube - yes, it is a way to deal with the problem of uploaded commercial content. According to this item, the purchases revolved around a deal to compensate the networks, but without requiring that they in turn compensate the artists. The deal also works for Google because the networks then turned around and sured other video uploading services, giving Google free reign in the domain. Google gets its monopoly, the networks get to clamp down on uploading, and the artists and users get... well, nothing. Yeah, these guys are the ones lecturing us on morality. Via Lost Remote. More from Scott Karp. Ironically, the big problem in online video? Search.