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Why NOT Just Use YouTube?

The "No Screw Tube” campaign is beginning.....

1. Exploitation:
ScrewTube exploits your free videomaking to gain ad revenue.

2. Surveillance:
Posting on YT risks surveillance and IP tracking, both by corporations and the state. For example in 2004 Yahoo collaborated with Chinese authorities to identify dissident blogger Shi Tao. He is now serving 10 years in jail. Many sites record your IP address, not just corporate projects.

3. Censorship:
Posting on YT opens the door to censorship since they will do takedowns at State request or for copyright violations.

4. When Sharing isn't really sharing:
Sites like YT only allow sharing with other members, or by embedding YT videos in your site or blog. There is no re-distribution via p2p networks, or availability of high-resolution downloads for screenings.

5. When Free isn't really free:
Though free to use, the platform is closed – using YT technology entails using YT. With free software platforms, anyone can create their own video-sharing site.

6. When a community isn't really a community:
YouTube was sold to Google for $1.65 billion in Google stock. If it can be bought and sold, is it really a community? Editorial and software control should be in the hands of the user community. Control of ScrewTube sites is organised by the profit motive.

7. Intellectual Property:
Sites like ScrewTube place exploitative terms and conditions on your contributions, allowing them to re-sell and remix your work.

Using existing ethical and pirate technologies, we can do much, much better....

Projects like VisiononTv, Ifiwatch.tv, Engagemedia.org (Australia) and numerous Indymedia video spin-offs, coordinated through Transmission, are linking up their databases to create decentralised search tools. This will greatly increase the profile and possibilities for social justice video online.

Using open source tools these projects hope that once you start watching in this way you won't go back! Miro allows subscription to different channels of video content; some themed and some the pick of channel editors. You can even subscribe to YouTube channels and it sneakily downloads those videos for you.

Independent Media is not stagnant, it's mutating. We'll start to see the fruits of this mutation soon.... so stay tuned.

Resources

Miro player
http://getmiro.com

Indymedia - find your local collective here
http://lists.indymedia.org

VisonOnTV:
A Online TV project, a series of edited channels from undercurrents.org the award winning activist video collective.
http://www.visionontv.net

Clearerchannel.org:
A source of activist videos especially environmental and culture jamming. Also experimenting with using Media RSS feeds.
http://www.clearerchannel.org

Ifiwatch.tv
http://www.ifiwatch.tv: networking node for independent video on the International Financial Institutions

The Pirate Bay :
Download whole series for free with no adverts. Do it and then teach your Gran!

FlossManuals.net:
Many tutorials and how to-guides for downloading distributing Video online and pirating DVDs.

Sillicon Valley Insider:
Experts try work out if YouTube will ever make any Money.
http://www.alleyinsider.com/2007/08/mary-meekers-yo.html

Transmission's NoScrewTube Campaign Wiki:
http://wiki.transmission.cc/index.php/NoScrewTube

Comments

Alternative video hosting services - to use INSTEAD of ScrewTube

[[http://wiki.transmission.cc/index.php/VideoSharingSites Video Sharing Websites]]