Warning: YouTube Rentals

Just wanted to pass along a message from The DRM elimination crew

If you’ve logged into YouTube recently, you’ve probably noticed that
they’re pushing their Rental service pretty hard. YouTube Rentals
brings full-length independent movies to YouTube, at a price — the
videos come with Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). This
about-face goes against exactly what made YouTube useful in the first
place — the sharing of video.

* Read the full story now: http://defectivebydesign.org/youtube-rentals

What does this mean for YouTube users? DRM prohibits uses of the
videos that even US copyright law allows. DRMed videos can’t be saved for
later watching offline. You also can’t take an excerpt of a video and
use it in your video response — something a lot of people do with
existing videos.

## Take action!

* If you watch YouTube videos, help send a message against DRM by
refusing to “rent.”

* If you share videos on YouTube, add this to your profile page:

“Thanks for checking out my videos. Please note: I don’t
use YouTube Rentals, and I hope you won’t either. Here’s
one reason why: http://defectivebydesign.org/youtube-rentals

* Share this page on your social networks — http://ur1.ca/4qdwd

* Read the full story: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/youtube-rentals

In solidarity,

Matt, John, Josh, Bob and Jonathan
The DRM elimination crew

People other than me are doing HTML5 video

I’m not sure who got to it first but Dailymotion, Youtube, and my site (http://NumberedHumanIndustries.com) are the only sites that are using the HTML5 video tag.

Dailymotion’s page is at http://openvideo.dailymotion.com and as far as I can tell is using the Vorbis/Theora Firefox 3.5 compatible spec.

Youtube’s HTML5 site is at http://www.youtube.com/html5 and is using H.264 and doesn’t seem to work in Firefox 3.5

My HTML5 page is http://NumberedHumanIndustries.com/video and it is Vorbis/Theora and works in Firefox 3.5

If you know of any other pages that are using are using the proposed HTML5 video tags please comment here, email me three [at] threethirty [dot] us, or @threethirty on identi.ca

Why didn’t thins catch on?

Wang “Freestyle” videos from 1988

Youtube hates me and will not let me upload this video so there is the source where I saw it


Wikipedia says that it failed because of cost and marketing, but why didn’t someone else try it. This kind of tech is still not huge, and I don’t really understand why.

Update: Screw you youtube, bastards