Dammit. As you all know I use a lot of YouTube videos in my posts. Well, about a month ago I started getting a new error message occasionally, implying that only Americans are allowed to watch certain clips. Videos can now be geographically restricted by their copyright owners, and this has happened more and more during the past month.
I could talk about the international nature of the internet, about shortsightedness in marketing and about how the effort is significantly futile (almost all videos have fan-posted copies). But what really matters to me is the fact that YouTube (which I've used as my main source of new music for almost a year) is now significantly less attractive to me as a tool. It's not as broken as, say, Pandora or MTV videos, but it's getting there and that saddens me a great deal.
I've long had a YouTube search as one of options in the FireFox search bar, and I probably use it more frequently than the other ones on there (Google, Chambers, English Wikipedia and Discogs, in case you're interested). As I post this I'm switching it to a Google Video search. Google Video used to be a prime example of a fairly evil entity, but since they bought YouTube the search function has grown to include Myspace, Dailymotion and loads of smaller alt.tubes. Plus the search algorithm is a lot better. So expect to see videos from a variety of sources on here from now on...
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