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What's Wrong with YouTube

Please cite audio-video.gnu.org as the site for videos of my speeches — not YouTube.

There are two reasons why YouTube is a bad choice for where to post videos or refer to videos.

One thing about YouTube that is not a moral strike against it is nonfree software on YouTube servers — if there is any. We as outsiders can't tell, because it wouldn't affect us, which is why it is not an injustice towards us.

If there are any nonfree programs running on YouTube servers, they mistreat Google by denying Google control of that aspect of its computing. We hope that Google will reclaim its freedom by ceasing to use those nonfree programs, if any. But those programs do not mistreat the users of that service, so they are not a reason to refuse to use YouTube.


Dailymotion and Vimeo have the same problem as YouTube's HTML5 option: viewing their videos requires nonfree JavaScript code. If there is any commercial video-hosting platform that doesn't have this problem, please inform us.


To post a video without requiring nonfree software to view it, you can place the video as an Ogg or WebM file on an ordinary web site.

Another way to publish videos on the web using free software is GNU MediaGoblin. Ideally you will set up your own server, or run one for your family and friends, but you can also post on public servers.

Please contribute to GNU MediaGoblin if you can.

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