The title says most of it. We must find a new way to archive CC licensed youtube videos and this may be a combination of p2p, central and decentralised. You may think that we already have those options and very less people use them right? Partly right. Let me explain what more needs to be done.
What we have now : We have sites like peertube (p2p), dtube (combination of p2p, decentralized & supports centralized through youtube itself). We also have archive.org project which is great but only allows ‘educational’, ‘historical’ and videos that are unlicensed.
Why did we even make these technologies? : Platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and others are based on servers hosted by a single company. Let’s assume that tomorrow there is a world war that ends up make USA loose the war. Companies like YouTube will fail to exist and it’s 100% likely that even before people start backing up the videos, the servers will be gone. This is a legitimate reason and that’s why companies like Microsoft made their GitHub Artic Vault project! You see, even the people working in many companies worry about data retention. We have already lost a lot of data from places that were perfectly great and became a war torn place within a day.
Problem with current systems : DTube, PeerTube, Mastadon etc. etc., there are a lot and none of them actually tackle the core problem. The core issue is not about ‘how to make decentralized or p2p sharing service’. We already know this for about a damn decade. The problem is about licenses and copyright laws. This has been an issue for more than a decade and the reason why there was a war on the internet in early 2000’s. The open source community, the hacker community and the scientist community came together against acts like SOPA and eventually with luck p2p sharing was not completely illegalized. Recently FBI (of USA) prepared a statement saying that p2p has a minimum effect on creators and entertainment industry as well as developers and companies developing propreitory systems (because most of the propreitory systems inject ads and sell data of users anyway and companies like Microsoft actually prefer piracy to continue because they have occupied countries like China, Russia, India etc., with their spyware).
What needs to be done : Projects like Archive.org have given us a way and we must create systems based on their legal terminology and start archiving at-least the videos that are licensed in CC (creative commons). Now we cannot directly archive CC videos, but CC makes it perfectly easy for creators to partner with our platform and give permissions to automatically archive their uploads without them having to join another platform.Right now platforms like Dtube make it hell of a difficult task to archive anything because the creator needs to register an account there. The idea here is to create another archive and caching project for videos with CC license. Once the creator agrees and gives permission via a form or an email officially admissible in court, then the archive project will automatically archive all their videos. Creator will never need to interact or reply to any email in the future.
Let’s see if someone takes this further. Current systems don’t solve the main issue at all. With these half baked websites that assume they’ve solved the main issue, might as well use youtube directly.