Apple’s copyright claims ripped down a fan’s archival WWDC YouTube channel

After Apple issued a number of copyright claims, YouTube took down an archival channel containing tons of of decades-old movies from previous Apple Worldwide Developer Conferences (WWDC). Brendan Shanks, the proprietor of the Apple WWDC Videos channel, says his account’s been completely disabled after receiving properly over three copyright strikes — the maximum number of violations you may incur earlier than YouTube removes your account.

In screenshots of emails shared by Shanks, Apple issued quite a few takedown requests in opposition to his movies, a few of which dated again to the early 2000s. Shanks says he nonetheless has all the unique video recordsdata and descriptions, and is at present making an attempt to get the content material over to the Internet Archive. Apple didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.

The now-defunct web site contained a large trove of outdated Apple adverts, WWDC periods, inner coaching movies, and rather more. Gold was shortly flooded with DMCA notices after the location’s launch, leading to its content material and the movies uploaded to Vimeo getting taken down. (You can nonetheless view an archived model of the web site here.)

And sure, whereas this archived content material is Apple’s mental property, the corporate doesn’t precisely do the perfect job of creating its historical past available to followers. It looks like the closest factor we’ll get to an official archive associated to the corporate is the small, however rising Steve Jobs Archive, which accommodates emails, movies, and voice clips highlighting snippets of Jobs’ life. The website was launched in September by Jobs’ family and friends — not by Apple.

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