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Where can I host fair use vids w/o getting hit by copyright nonsense constantly?
October 21, 2012 3:24 PM   Subscribe

Where can I host videos for my Shakespeare play comparison website that won't a) cost me tons due to hosting and b) be YouTube knee-jerky on copyright violation?

For my own interest and to enhance my appreciation of Shakespeare, I like to watch as many versions of each play as I can, and to share this with others, I'd put them online (example page here) via Youtube upload/embed.

Unfortunately, these keep getting hit with copyright violation despite my view these are clear fair use under both commentary and educational purposes (I get many emails, etc. from teachers thanking me for these, and have made a conscious decision not to put ads, etc.) which very much chilled my effort on this, despite my plans to list at list one scene from each play that I could find multiple filmed versions of.

I'd really like to go back to this and expand it, but I don't know where I could host my videos where they will respect fair use more than YouTube does. I could host them on my own server, and may, but the sheer quantity causes me to fear it one day popping up somewhere popular and my site getting slammed and costing me a fortune for a side hobby I can't afford.

Thanks.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Media & Arts (7 answers total)
 
The Internet Archive is what immediately springs to mind, but I don't have firsthand experience. They (almost) certainly don't have an DMCA bot taking stuff down.
posted by BungaDunga at 3:42 PM on October 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Fair use is an "affirmative defense," which means that you agree that you're infringing copyright, but that it's allowed under the doctrine. You have to actually fight the takedowns, not just repost the videos again after they're taken down. That's a sure ticket to losing your YT account.
posted by rhizome at 3:49 PM on October 21, 2012


Fair use is an "affirmative defense," which means that you agree that you're infringing copyright, but that it's allowed under the doctrine.

That is not correct, strictly speaking—an affirmative defense means that the you have the burden of proving fair use in court, but "fair use of a copyrighted work… is not an infringement of copyright" (17 USC § 107). But YouTube is free to prevent you from posting anything on YouTube for whatever reason, so that doesn't help you here.

MeFite jscott works at the Internet Archive. Maybe he would have an idea.
posted by grouse at 4:01 PM on October 21, 2012


You have to actually fight the takedowns, not just repost the videos again after they're taken down. That's a sure ticket to losing your YT account.

Hence my asking this instead of doing that.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:12 PM on October 21, 2012


What about Critical Commons?
posted by media_itoku at 6:30 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Contact me at jscott@archive.org - I'll work with you to see about hosting.
posted by jscott at 7:57 PM on October 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thanks everyone! I'll be working with jscott to see what I can do. I've very excited to hopefully be able to start making these again.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 12:15 PM on October 22, 2012


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