YouTube pays family £100,000 for ‘Charlie bit my finger’ video

15/11/2011

Video sharing website YouTube has paid a British family £100,000 for homemade video clips of their three children through the Google payment scheme, Adsense. YouTube often splits with users the revenue from advertising running alongside videos. Kevin Allocca, the manager of YouTube trends, told The Sunday Times: "A tiny percentage of the videos that are uploaded to the site get up to the four or five million views. What they all have in common is the speed with which they are shared."

15/11/2011

Howard Davies-Carr, the 42-year-old father of Charlie and Harry, became famous after the "Charlie bit my finger - again!" video was posted on the website.

Since he posted the video, it has been viewed a staggering 387 million times - and a whole load of advertising revenue for the Google–owned video sharing site.

Davies-Carr now posts videos every six weeks and runs a website. "Nearly all income from YouTube is banked. A little is spent on holidays and we bought a castle for the garden. We would have struggled to put all three boys through private education but with the YouTube money we decided to commit to all, and it was always going to be all or none," he said.

YouTube often splits with users the revenue from advertising running alongside videos.

Kevin Allocca, the manager of YouTube trends, told The Sunday Times: "A tiny percentage of the videos that are uploaded to the site get up to the four or five million views. What they all have in common is the speed with which they are shared."

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