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Dear YouTube – We Need to Talk..

Paul Anthony / July 19, 2012

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Dear YouTube,

I love you. Really I do. But its time we talked.

Last month you cheated on me with Zamzar, a file conversion site, preventing them from enabling file downloads from the service, effectively making it largely defunct for 99% of its users.

Ouch. That hurt.

It’s not the first time you’ve broke my heart. What about YouTube MP3 , another service which allows audio extraction from video, which you insist on dragging through the courts, even though the good people of the web are trying to keep it alive and still love you.

To add insult to injury, tonight I discovered that if you upload a lot of video to the service – there is limited functionality for actually downloading my original file again. You put such an emotion strain on me. Downloads of MY VIDEO content are rate limited to two every hour.

I’m  caught me by the short and curlies, and deep down, it hurts.

I’ve tried alternatives, including third party software to download my videos, but it keeps giving me health problems. Just last week I caught a nasty virus and previous spyware. All because of your damn prenumptuals.

I get it, you need to make money. But you know, money isn’t everything. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all get along without you being so greedy all the time?

I spoke to your friends to get access to my video, you know – the ones you introduced me to a while back? Those nice friendly guys at the Data Liberation Front? Well sorry, they weren’t much help. Talked the talk, but couldn’t walk the walk I’m afraid. Data Liberation. My arse. They’ve just setup a Google moderator board hidden away in the corner of the web, hoping that no-one notices.

I understand you need to protect yourself. No-one wants to see you get hurt less than me. I understand there’s all kind of bad men out there on the internet, trying to take advantage,  – upload illegal warez, and share video they shouldn’t, or trade copyrighted MP3’s. I thought you were staying clear of them, after all – you’ve been so busy trying to stop those other pesky internet sites that let you download content.

Can you imagine my horror, when I peeled back your bedclothes, and found these:

Siamese Dream Full Album – Smashing Pumpkins
Alanis Morrisette – Jagged Little Pill
Moby – Play
Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
JamiroQuai – Travelling Without Moving
Nirvana – NeverMind
Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Twilight to Starlight
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Dawn to Dusk
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
The Cranberries – Stars Best of
The Doors Greatest Hits
FleetWood Mac – Rumours
Led Zepplin – Led Zepplin IV
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are you experienced
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Michael Jackson – Bad
Boards of Canda – Geogaddi
Boards of Canada – Music has the right to Children
Radiohead – ok Computer
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Pearl Jam – Ten
The Strokes – Is this it
Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses
Bob Marley – Legend
Eric Clapton – Cream of Clapton
Jeff Buckley – Grace

Looks like whatever legal team are looking after your terms of service, and busying themselves shutting other websites down, are clearly turning something of a blind eye to this action. Not to worry – as long as your bank balance is looking healthy, who cares about these schmucks right?

I’m angry, and this is just scratching the surface. We the collective internet who have given you this position of power, are now seeing your true colours.

You are just a bully, who uses anyone who comes into contact with you.

I’ve got options. Plenty of fish in the sea. There are a ton of other open video services on the web with a much cleaner business ethos. Ones that respect the people that put them where they are today, and ones that don’t claim ownership and hold your content to ransom.

That’s it. I’m taking a stand – I’m breaking up with you YouTube. No more video from me. We are through.

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