Goodbye YouTube

Posted in Technology

YouTube has changed their terms and conditions to include the following:

"…you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successor’s) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels…"

Which basically means that they can do whatever they want with the content you upload to their service and they can make money from it. And because it is a tranferable license, they can give your content to anyone else to do whatever they want with it. And if tomorrow some big media company buys YouTube they will have the same rights to your content. You loose all control over how your submissions are used.

I think a lot of people are missing the point when they say that the terms also say "The foregoing license granted by you terminates once you remove or delete a User Submission from the YouTube Website." or that you have to give YouTube the right to distribute your content anyway if people want to see it on their site. The point here is that now YouTube can make money from, and let anyone else they want make money from, your content, without having to ask you first.

I don’t mind sharing my video and my pictures. I don’t mind other people using and remixing what I create. If you look at my Flickr pictures they are all licensed with an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license that permits it. But I do not want other people to make money from it without asking me first.

So I’m deleting everything I have on YouTube.

Other posts on this: here, here, here

Update: Oh, and notice that they don’t exclude your private videos from this.

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11 Responses to “Goodbye YouTube”

  1. [...] Via Blogaholics, here’s an interpretation of YouTube’s recent announcement.  I suspect that many bloggers will take similar action. Goodbye YouTube [...]

  2. C.C. Chapman says:

    I wonder how NBC feels about this since they just made a big deal about putting content up there and now technically YouTube could do whatever they wanted with it and NBC wouldn’t be able to say anything.

    Think NBC gets the same contract? Somehow I doubt it.

  3. arieanna says:

    Good question. Obviously if they are making ‘deals’ in the background we’ll never know.

    Also wonder why YouTube went about it this way instead of running Creative Commons?

  4. Those are standard terms for any forum. It protects YouTube against morons who upload videos then sue YouTube when they find out that other people pasted the video on their website.

  5. ianiv says:

    I disagree. When you upload a video to YouTube you either explicitely allow the video to be shared or make it private.
    The change to the terms of service give them rights to my videos that I don’t want them to have, so I wont their service anymore. Simple.

  6. Brandon S says:

    If articles like like are published.. they should really include all the facts, especially these sentences from Youtubes T’s and C’s
    You keep ALL the rights to your videos.
    We have the right to syndicate the content of our website. We have to have this to allow for our embed and API functionality.
    As soon as you remove your video from YouTube, we lose all rights to redistribute or syndicate that video in any way. So once your video is gone from the site, we cannot do a thing with that content.

  7. ianiv says:

    Note that I did mention the “The foregoing license granted by you terminates once you remove or delete a User Submission from the YouTube Website” sentence. And I linked to the T&C page. And I never said “YouTube owns your content now” like other people have.

    If all they want is to be able to syndicate content via different channels they should rewrite that paragraph to make that clear. As it stands, it is giving them a license to basicaly do anything they want with videos while they host them.

    So I’ve deleted them and it is no longer a problem for me.

  8. [...] Read more of ianiv’s take [...]

  9. [...] media and the Internet » Bookmark on del.icio.us Last week, several dozen high profile bloggers jumped the gun and started writing nasty thingsabout YouTube’s new terms. …by submitting the User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successor’s) business… in any media formats and through any media channels. http://www.youtube.com/t/terms Bloggers across the blogosphere simply reposted what Wired magazine and BoingBoing posted without actually reading the terms themselves. As pointed out on a couple blogs, Eliot Van Buskirk, the original poster failed to disclose that the terms also contain the following two statements. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. The foregoing license granted by you terminates once you remove or delete a User Submission from the YouTube Website. This completely contradicts Eliot’s claims, BoingBoing’s claims and well everybody elses. Digging further, you’ll also find out that these supposedly new terms have been around for at least six months, if not longer. But, the real truth is that these terms are standard for any forum or community where the users generate the content. In order for YouTube to play your video for me, they require that they license that video from you. That’s what this license says. Nothing more. [...]

  10. spookie says:

    excuse for the noob question but… how to delete them?
    guess im missing the button in the video section

  11. ianiv says:

    There is a button, keep looking :)



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