Delutube Gives Viacom Another Reason To Sue YouTube

Mar 16th, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Video Downloads, Video

A new service lets YouTube viewers see content that has been deleted from the site. Delutube can serve up video clips even after YouTube has purged them.

So, even if your favorite MTV videos have been deleted by YouTube, you may still be able to watch them in all their YouTube-branded glory.
Delutube allows visitors to enter the video ID (pulled from the end of the YouTube URL) of a deleted clip, then attempts to retrieve the clip from YouTube’s system. Clips are not apparently deleted from YouTube’s database at the moment they are taken down (or they at least persist in YouTube’s cache before being cleared), allowing Delutube a chance of retrieving them. The site also allows for the easy downloading of clips.

The service’s current convoluted interface will limit its impact, but it could make YouTube’s network an easy way to share and download files that will quickly be pulled from the public portion of the site. It’s also the sort of thing likely to cause even more angst among content owners, especially if visitors can still retrieve clips that have been the target of DMCA takedown notices.

via Ars Technica

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