Ahhh, the power of pictures. The eruption of Mt. Redoubt will be all over the web today, but you can get a look for yourself online straight from the mountain, without leaving the climate-controlled, ash-free comfort of your living room. The Alaska Volcano Observatory has webcams set up to monitor the volcano outside Anchorage – and as the sun comes up, we should see more of the effects of the eruption Monday morning, which has led to a reported ashfall on a number of communities downwind of the volcano.
Right now, it’s ummm, wicked dark. But sunrise in Alaska is a bit after noon EDT. So it could make a good lunchtime diversion.
The U.S. Geological Survey also lets you track Mt. Redoubt and more than 160 other American volcanoes at their site, through the Volcano Hazards Program.
Meanwhile, there are some major rumblings and grumblings on YouTube, after the site began taking down videos produced by users that have incorporated music from the Warner Bros. Music group. The two sides are in a content battle, and that has some users caught in the middle, according to the New York Times. Gone are baby videos, audition tapes and other videos using Warner music, says the Times.
The battle is over “noncommercial” use, and it is an interesting one. When you mix your child’s baby pictures to a soundtrack and post it to YouTube, you probably aren’t trying to make a buck off of Junior. But YouTube is – the site runs ads connected to videos, and that is where Warner is feeling a bit waxed.
Of course, as the Times points out, whatever their arguments, the industry is in no position to win a PR war at this point. As one analyst points out in the article:
“I feel like the public’s perception of the record labels is so hostile that YouTube will be able to deflect any complaints,” said Phil Leigh, a new media analyst who runs Inside Digital Media, a consulting firm.”