I just saw this exchange with Dom and two former Viners on Twitter:
It seems like they are looking to be paid by someone to keep creating their comedy videos, and it looks like Dom may have taken the bait. If so, this does not bode well for V2, in my opinion. Why? Because a bunch of Viners tried to do the same thing with Vine, demanding to be paid a large amount of money each year to continue making 6-second videos. This article explains what happened:
I know that this is how social media now works, especially YouTube, where those who attract large audiences get gifts, equipment, access to recording studios, and other privileges that no one else gets. I don’t really understand it, but I don’t have a good feeling about the fate of V2 if Dom decides to go down this same path. It was one of the reasons Vine eventually shut down, and why near the end you saw the same people all over Vine. Eventually it got boring and monotonous.
Please, @Dom, don’t let these people hold V2 hostage just because they think they deserve to be paid for using your application and platform to build an audience.
EDIT: Dom responded below (thanks Dom):