YouTube Yanking 1 In 12 Videos

May 20th, 2008 | By | Category: Citizen Media, Internet TV, Streaming Video, Video


YouTube is removing about 1 in 12 of its popular videos, according to stats collected by YouTomb.

YouTomb is tracking the videos because of concerns that YouTube may be pulling videos that may incorporate copyrighted material under fair use.


  • 223,187 YouTube videos are being monitored by YouTomb;
  • 4,395 of these videos have been taken down because of copyright claims; and
  • 13,350 of the videos have been taken down for other reasons.

This translates into about 8%, or 1 in 12, of the popular videos at YouTube getting removed for copyright claims or other reasons.

A surprisingly large percentage of YouTube videos are getting yanked. If this portion continues to rise, YouTube could face the same sort of spam or “noise” problem that has rendered email useless for many people.

Add this to the already numerous challenges facing sites that are built on aggregating user-generated media.

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