Introducing YouTomb

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ever looked for a video on youtube that you'd seen before but realized that it had been taken down due to "copyright infringment"?? Chances are it's on YouTomb, YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free culture which tracks down videos which have been taken down for said reason. Not only that but you can see who it was that requested these videos be taken down. Now you can't see the videos on the site, so what's the point? Well as the creator says "YouTomb was conceived to shed light on YouTube's practices, to educate the general public on the relevant copyright issues, and to provide helpful resources to users who have had their videos wrongfully taken down." So you can see exactly which videos NBC or Viacom or the WWE request be taken down. Pretty cool stuff.