Who owns the video?

If I create a video site and people voluntarily upload video, and I offer to share revenue from viewing videos on my site with the uploaders, who owns the video?

Assuming that the person uploading it owned it before they uploaded it then they’d still own it after uploading it. All they’d be giving you by uploading it is permission to display their video on your site.

At least that is what would be the case unless you made it a condition of uploading that they assign ownership to you. Assuming you made that clear enough to be enforceable that by uploading they assign ownership to you, you’ woul probably find that no one is prepared to upload since that would mean surrendering their right to use the video elsewhere (which they would have as owner).

“Assuming that the person uploading it owned it before they uploaded it then they’d still own it after uploading it. All they’d be giving you by uploading it is permission to display their video on your site.”

True.

And assuming that they own the video and everything in it is a big assumption to begin with… anything more complex then a video capture foo someone’s webcam is almost certain to include additional intellectual property attached to it.