YouTube Cleansing

YouTube CleansingThe first time I embedded a YouTube video on this blog was February 4, 2006 when I shared Brokeback to the Future. Since then, I've embedded over 1000 YouTube videos, and over the years many of those have been yanked from YouTube for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes it's a claim from the copyright holder, other times it's because the uploader closed his/her account or marked it private, and sometimes the videos simply won't play in Canada. This has created a great deal of dead videos in the archives, so I had some cleaning to do.

I've always tried to go light on YouTube clips, which I once called "the blogger's crutch", but I still had a whack of crap to clean up. I wonder what older more YouTube-dependent blogs do? I'll bet they do nothing...

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I've had to clean up quite a bit. I mostly post music clips, the odd commerical and maybe an interview or something really interesting. I find it's the music videos or live videos that get deleted or marked as private a lot.

December 30, 2013 @ 9:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Over the years I've posted dozens and dozens of music videos. Most of those have been pulled.

Then there's Simpsons clips or other copyrighted material. Eventually, the copyright holder will make a claim and the video will either be deleted or pulled by YouTube.

The most success has been with Retrontario's videos. Most of those are still working years later.

December 30, 2013 @ 10:03 AM


Vevo is a good bet if you are posting music videos. Otherwise we never know when it get's pulled. But a cleansing is good once every 3 months or so.

December 31, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

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