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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy whats-wrong-with-youtube.html
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:41:31 -0400 (EDT)

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       20/09/10 17:41:31

Modified files:
        philosophy     : whats-wrong-with-youtube.html 

Log message:
        Rewrite to refer to invidious proxies.

CVSWeb URLs:
http://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewcvs/www/philosophy/whats-wrong-with-youtube.html?cvsroot=www&r1=1.40&r2=1.41

Patches:
Index: whats-wrong-with-youtube.html
===================================================================
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/whats-wrong-with-youtube.html,v
retrieving revision 1.40
retrieving revision 1.41
diff -u -b -r1.40 -r1.41
--- whats-wrong-with-youtube.html       7 Jan 2020 13:42:37 -0000       1.40
+++ whats-wrong-with-youtube.html       10 Sep 2020 21:41:31 -0000      1.41
@@ -7,36 +7,44 @@
 <!--#include virtual="/server/banner.html" -->
 <h2>What's Wrong with YouTube</h2>
 
-<p>Please don't use YouTube as the place to post videos of my talks,
-and please don't cite YouTube for that purpose.  If the talk is
-available
-in <a href="http://audio-video.gnu.org/";>audio-video.gnu.org</a>,
-please cite that site.</p>
-
-<p>As of 2019 there is free software that permits access to YouTube
-from some browsers.  It is an add-on which is preinstalled in the GNU
-browser, IceCat, and can be loaded into Firefox.  The free program
-youtube-dl is also available; it gets data out of the site's
-Javascript code but doesn't run that code.</p>
+<p>
+YouTube is a peculiar case.  As of September 2020, it is possible to
+watch YouTube videos without running any nonfree software, even coming
+in via Tor, if you use one of the "invidious" proxy sites.  Be
+careful: those sites try to send nonfree Javascript code to your
+browser; to prevent its execution, you need to enable LibreJS in your
+browser.  Even with LibreJS blocking that code, you can still watch
+videos.  I would guess you can't post anything, though.</p>
+
+<p>As of 2019 there was also a free add-on for Firefox and IceCat that
+permits direct access to watch videos on YouTube.  It is preinstalled
+in the GNU browser, IceCat, and you can load it into Firefox.  The
+free program youtube-dl is also available; it gets data out of the
+site's Javascript code but doesn't run that code.</p>
 
 <p>As a result, posting videos on YouTube does not currently put them
-entirely off limits to the free world.
+entirely off limits to the free world.  But youtube.com is likely to
+block you if you come via Tor, even with the add-on.
 </p>
 
 <p>
-However, we cannot count on this to keep working.  The add-on already
-broke once in 2019.  This time, a corrected add-on was released
-after a few weeks.  Next time, who knows?  Thus, posting on YouTube is
-a fragile solution.</p>
+It is good that these workarounds exist, but we cannot count on them
+to keep working.  The add-on already broke once in 2019.  That time, a
+corrected add-on was released after a few weeks.  Next time, who
+knows?  Thus, posting on YouTube is a fragile solution unless/until
+Google commits to supporting our method access.</p>
 
 <p>
-In addition, most people will watch YouTube by running the nonfree
-software that Google sends to users.  Let's not encourage people to do
-that.</p>
-
-<p>
-As of mid-July, 2019, the add-on works for vimeo.com also, but not for most
-other sites.</p>
+In addition, most people will watch YouTube videos by running the
+nonfree software that Google sends to users' browsers.  Let's not
+encourage people to run that.</p>
+
+<p>Therefore, please don't use YouTube as the place to post videos of
+my talks, and please don't cite YouTube to refer to them.  If the talk
+is available
+in <a href="http://audio-video.gnu.org/";>audio-video.gnu.org</a>,
+please cite that site.  Otherwise, refer to one of the "invidious"
+proxy sites that accepts visits via Tor (test it!).</p>
 
 <h2>What else <em>Was</em> Wrong with YouTube</h2>
 
@@ -159,7 +167,7 @@
 
 <p class="unprintable">Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2020/01/07 13:42:37 $
+$Date: 2020/09/10 21:41:31 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->
 </p>
 </div>



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