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Here we're gonna make a short and very easy to understand text on why people should use alternatives to YouTube, Google Video, etc. The idea is that this will be widely circulated among the network, translated, and so on, and featured as a kind of FAQ on transmission sites. Maybe FAQ format?

Q: Why shouldn't I just use ScrewTube (or insert currently dominant corporate video site here)?

1. Exploitation. ScrewTube exploits your free videomaking labor to gain ad revenue for the empire of Google/Murdoch (or insert giant multinational media firm here). [link to more indepth info, for example revenue figures, a calculation of how much each video / views are worth]

As far as I know, YouTube in particular is still a loss leader for Google - no substantial revenue.--Eloquence 16:03, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

2. Surveillance. Since ScrewTube records your IP address, posting your videos there puts you at risk for surveillance and IP tracking, both by corporations and by law enforcement 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 corp projects. maybe alter this language and point out the marketing stuff more, that you're being used by the advertising industry.

3. Censorship. Putting your videos on ScrewTube opens the door to censorship since they will do takedowns for copyright violations or at the request of the State. [link to archive of videos censored/taken down from corpo sites]

4. When Sharing isn't really sharing Sites like Youtube only allow you to share videos with other members, or by embedding a YT video in your blog. There is no re-distribution via p2p networks, or availability of high-res downloads for use in screenings, film festivals or compilations.

5. When Free isn't really free These sites are free to use, they don't cost anything. However the platform is closed - if you want to use ScrewTube technology you have to use ScrewTube. We need free software platforms so anyone has the freedom to 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 a community can be bought and sold, is it really a community (or is it a buzzword)? There is no community control of ScrewTube sites, they are organised by the profit motive, not the concerns of the people who constitute those communities. Editorial control, control of the software should be in the hands of the community.

7. Intellectual Property Sites like ScrewTube place exploitative terms and conditions on your contributions which allow them to re-sell and remix your work. ScrewTube for example state...

"…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.”

7 is a bit like 1. but i think they are different and need to be separated but related.

8. Something about flash having a near monopoly, foss codecs etc.

9. Something about media consolidation/control/power/long tail/democracy.

Free Media Principles - Counterpoints


  • ability to add open content licenses to your work
  • transparent and democratic editorial processes
  • use of free software to run the website with the code available for others to make improvements to
  • use of free software codecs
  • revenue sharing if the initiative is a for-profit entity
  • The ability to download high resolution versions to redistribute, screen and remix
  • The ability to download and share the media via peer to peer networks
  • a guarantee not to sell you and your community to the highest bidder


We could produce a video to make these points. We need a video that is as good as this one in promoting CC:

EM promo video:

We probably want something quite a bit punchier, a bit of bite, a satire on corp-video-sharing perhaps... maybe something a bit in the style of "What Barry Says":

I could try to find the time to do this at some point, or is anyone interested, or interested in collaboratively producing a TX promo / anti-YT video with me? We can put it up on YT too ;)

This could potentially go in a Flash/Ogg player on the front page of and make presenting TX to others much easier.

Further Reading

What else?