I was doing a little search for a domain name, when I discovered that my YouTube channel was basically duplicated by a site called "World News" (wn.com).
I checked a few YouTube channels I follow regularly, and bingo, they were also duplicated (I would recommend you check yours by simply typing wn.com/your_channel_name in the address bar of your browser, where your_channel_name is your YouTube channel name).
I was not assuming that videos posted on YouTube would not be embedded, linked to and possibly even ripped off, but a blatant mirroring with repackaging (the videos are embedded, so their YouTube origin is clear) is kind of surprising... Each video has its own "upload" date, which apparently corresponds to when it first appears on wn.com and a "publication" date, which seems to be that of the YouTube upload date. In fact, chances are that if you type wn.com/your_video_name and "your_video_name" is specific enough (i.e. not shared by many YouTube videos), your video will show up. If not, it will share a page with others with similar titles.
YouTube specifically forbids sites from "us[ing] or launch[ing] any automated system, including without limitation, "robots," "spiders," or "offline readers," that accesses the Service in a manner that sends more request messages to the YouTube servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional on-line web browser. Notwithstanding the foregoing, YouTube grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the site for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. YouTube reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases. You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Service, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Service (e.g., comments, email) for any commercial solicitation purposes. You agree not to solicit, for commercial purposes, any users of the Service with respect to their Content[/i]"
(http://www.youtube.com/t/terms, section 4.H), so that seems to fall under that section (robot is the key word in the excerpt above).
I'd be curious to hear comments from others about this (especially those having received the same "honor" as me). Should we report this site to YouTube? Elsewhere? Just live with it?
PS: for reference, but you don't have to follow the link, my channel name is my user name.
Edited by uwxplorer, 22 March 2011 - 04:23 AM.