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May 20, 2008

Videos Taken Down from YouTube

YouTomb is an interesting project by MIT Free Culture that collects YouTube videos taken down because of copyright infringements. "More specifically, YouTomb continually monitors the most popular videos on YouTube for copyright-related takedowns. Any information available in the metadata is retained, including who issued the complaint and how long the video was up before takedown. The goal of the project is to identify how YouTube recognizes potential copyright violations as well as to aggregate mistakes made by the algorithm."

Since YouTube operates under Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it's obliged to take down content if it receives a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder. In some cases, videos are wrongly taken down because YouTube is in no position to judge the validity of a claim.

According to YouTomb's stats, the companies that have recently taken down the biggest number of popular YouTube videos are: TV TOKYO, Viacom, Warner Bros, World Wrestling and other media companies. "YouTomb is currently monitoring 157340 videos, and has identified 4389 videos taken down for alleged copyright violation and 13330 videos taken down for other reasons."

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  1. Ironically, YouTomb is returning a 500 Internal Server error right now. I guess someone took it down.

  2. Yeah, I just saw it some minutes ago, now I'm getting "Service Temporarily Unavailable

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later."

  3. It looks like Techcrunch plagiarize your work.

  4. You know, whether it's the "open government information awareness" project (also hosted by MIT a while back) or this, MIT never seems to have enough bandwidth for anything. :\

    What the hell?

  5. Self Edit: I didn't realize this article was old until I looked at the dates as I came here from a Google Search hoping to know why You Tube videos vanish without a trace. Unfortunately I already typed my paragraphs and don't want my time wasted 4 nothing.

    I don't know about you but I find wasted time unproductive.

    There used to be a lot of Disney Afternoon Kids TV shows on YouTube but now they have all vanished without a trace and a lot of Hindu videos have taken place. Not that I don't have anything against Hindu but I do not appreciate it when that's all the choices I've got.

    I know Disney has the right to do such things but what does it really gain them other then disgruntled fans?
    It's not like they are losing viewing revenue from non-existent shows.

    I can't believe this stupid world we live in but it's all thanks to the One World Government setting up for power behind people's backs.