... if someone only uses YouTube to play videos linked from outside (blogs, pages, etc): isn't it simpler, instead of buying YouTube views to install some serious-looking player on a home page with an editable stats counter ? If one is just trying to impress the press with "lookie I got a skazillion views" to get them to cover your product finally, they won't deep sleuth the code. They'll just look at the big bold number and say, "Wow 321,759,035 views for this video? This is massive, I gotta write about it." Done. No law or user agreement had been crossed. YouTube wasn't even involved. If this was invented already, let me know where I get such a player.