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    And best of all, he’s documented it all in detailed blog posts and nearly 50 videos uploaded to YouTube, sharing what he’s learned for others who might follow in his footsteps.

    I actually worry about this. Andreas Kling (with Serenity), Handmade Hero, Bisqwit, etc. Lots of educational content that is in the hands of a single company.

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      Did you also worry about blockbuster having all the movies??

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        It’s not common, but I have heard multiple accounts of YouTube terminating channels, without warning. One was this morning.

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          I actually don’t get your point from that … unless you’re implying that failure of YouTube / Google in the same vain as Blockbuster could lead to the permanent loss of content not stored elsewhere?

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            I think the kind of cataclysm that would produce a situation where YouTube suddenly and without warning got completely deleted along with all of its backups would be the kind where a few channels getting deleted is the least of our worries. Maybe I’m just not forward-thinking enough but I have a hard time imagining any of us here outliving Alphabet without something comparable to the apocalypse happening.

            And to the top level comment, it’s not like YouTube owns the content in question. I seriously don’t understand the what the problem is supposed to be. YouTube is just a means of transmission for video content from creators to their viewers. It isn’t, uh, I don’t know, holding that content hostage or whatever is being implied. I’m not even sure what the alternative is supposed to be. Some sort of peer-to-peer decentralized thing where everyone holds some subset of the thousands of petabytes of content on YouTube and shares the load of streaming the exabytes of content people watch per year? There aren’t enough people with high speed internet (and who have the required storage) in the world for that to be feasible and if there were it’d experience incomparable downtimes and constant, massive data loss. Some kind of federated thing would require each instance to have funds that only Fortune 500 companies have, and massive amounts of content would be lost whenever one of these collapsed. I don’t get it.

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            Blockbuster predates DMCA.

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          Don’t see what the big deal is: slice the potatoes thin and throw them into hot oil for awhile. Easy.