The gloves are off in YouTube wars

Let the games begin.

Just a couple of weeks ago, YouTube said it would , the group that has been responsible for much of the video network's success. Then yesterday MySpace, which estimates that it's responsible for up to 70 percent of the video site's traffic, said it is . And Google Video, we suspect, would like nothing better than to .

We've known for some time that video is a key to the future of social networking, whether it be for , or . The question has always been without running afoul of copyrights and other concerns.

Given that the "Ruthless Rupert" Murdoch is behind MySpace, we suspect that it'll be among the first . Frankly, with all of , we're surprised that it's taken this long for the gloves to come off.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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