The Race of Also-Rans: French Video Sharing Site Dailymotion Raises $34 Million; More To Come

If Veoh can raise $25 million, and Metacafe can up the stake to $30 million, then why not Dailymotion? The France-based online video sharing site has raised $34 million in its second round of funding, reports WSJ. The round was led by Advent Venture Partners of London and AGF Private Equity of Paris, a division of Allianz AG. The site has raised about $9.5 million in October last year from Atlas Venture and Partech International.

Dailymotion, which is based in Paris and was launched in 2005, has grown rapidly to reach some 37 million visitors a month, the story says. It was recently fined a modest $32K by a court in Paris for unlawfully carrying a clip from a 2005 movie by a French director. With this big round, the copyright infringement stakes are going to get higher, for sure. Last month Dailymotion rolled out Audible Magic copyright detection software on its site, which catches clips after they have been uploaded.

Dailymotion is also seeking to do deals with content has deal with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Earlier today, French paper Les Echos reported, citing sources, that the site has been speaking to media companies for a strategic investment, and broadcaster TF1 and media group Viacom have been mentioned as potential investors.