May 4, 2006

Geeks Declare War on Youtube (no video included)

No video in this post but some youtuber related news:

A well-known blogger, who has contributed some of Youtube's most popular clips, has had it up to here with their overzealous censorship and has now vowed to destroy them by reporting all of their most popular files for copyright violation:

Screw YouTube

...I do have one thing left to do: Ruin YouTube. Since it is so easy to get someone kicked from YouTube, I am going to launch an assault on the service. I am going to start with the most popular uploaders, and report every possibly copyright infringing video in their account. I won’t be breaking any rules, just robbing YouTube users of content they would have probably lost in the end anyway. I’d rather someone else become the video sharing site of choice (and no, not Google; they wouldn’t be any better), something those of us using video on the web can rely on and trust to stick to the letter of the law, not to the fears of lawyers.

Every day, I will destroy at least one account. I will only target those with copyright infringing content. When I am done, the only popular videos on YouTube will be those with zero commercial value. We will see how well the service does without the Daily Show and South Park entire episodes that are its real bread and butter.

Any objections?

Posted at May 4, 2006 3:00 PM | TrackBack

What a selfish prick, fucking over all the contributors and users just so he can hurt YouTube.

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at May 4, 2006 4:13 PM

youtube is the selfish one! They are using their technology to try to seize control of content that users have given them with the intent of sharing with others.

I can record TV shows I like to watch later and to keep. Why the hell shouldn't I be able to save a copy of things from the internet? Why should I have to rely on youtube's website to watch it? I'm sure much of what they have will disapear from their site eventually... what if I want to save it to watch years from now?

Youtube is trying to set themselves up as a middleman to control what people can watch. Instead of trying to serve the public, they are trying to screw the public. Since that's the case, screw them... people should find a better way to share, without corporate control freaks getting in the way.

Posted by: JayOne at May 4, 2006 5:56 PM

I think he's selfish just because he repeatedly violated the YouTube TOS. He should have known that most anything SNL related will get bounced from the site ASAP because SNL will not allow it.

Posted by: Penny Woods at May 4, 2006 8:54 PM

Yeah I understand being frustrated with how youtube enforces their policies, especially the sudden deletion of folks' entire archives, which I've watched happen over and over to my favorite posters there. But I don't think I support this approach to dealing with it.

Posted by: Jay Smooth at May 5, 2006 9:25 PM