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Old ethics and new media (III)

In a weird coda to the controversy over the Beverly Farms “Horribles” parade, a source has informed Media Nation that YouTube has removed the video. Have a look at the Beverly Citizen’s story. When you click on the video, you’ll receive a message that says, “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.”

The GateHouse Media papers, like many smaller enterprises, uses YouTube as a free, easy-to-use publishing platform. Editors upload their videos to YouTube, then embed the code on their own sites. But it looks like publishers who wish to control their content are going to have to figure out a way to do it themselves.

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  1. Anonymous

    the youtube version still seems to be there

  2. Dan Kennedy

    Got a link?

  3. jhall

    Well, I had it saved on my ipod touch and it still plays it from there, but now the I look for a link on my Macbook, I can’t find it either. Maybe it was holding it in memory on my ipod or something.So I guess that means what is acceptable for the streets of Beverly is out of bounds for Youtube?

  4. Dan Kennedy

    Please understand, too, that there is no separate “YouTube version.” The GateHouse papers’ method of posting videos is to publish to YouTube, grab the code and embed it on their own Web sites. When you play the video on the Beverly Citizen site, it actually is the YouTube version.Now, it would be interesting if someone reposted the video to YouTube after it was taken down. Has anyone found it?

  5. Dan Kennedy

    JHall: There’s no Flash on the iPod Touch — Apple’s got some sort of special arrangement with YouTube. So, yes, the video is no doubt downloaded onto your iPod, and is thus unaffected by YouTube’s censorship.

  6. jhall

    yes the Touch has its own youtube app. Not sure how it works but the video does appear to be playing from youtube not from memory. If I turn off my wireless connection it no longer plays.

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