Out of curiosity, I decided to take a look at what alternatives people have with regards to their YouTube videos and hobby or livelihood. I feel very sorry for a lot of people and pretty powerless to help, so I chose to spend today’s free time to try and do some good. What follows are some YouTube alternatives and what I’ve learned about their policies. Do note, I’ve not signed up for any of these services, I’m just looking through their policies, features, and browsing the site.
This has a much nicer looking start that YouTube in terms of web design. There are several tiers of service which you can check out here for easy reference, but I’ll spout out the important things here:
- Free users only get 500 megs of storage space a week. That’s to say, you’ll be lucky if you can upload a single video a week if we’re talking full on HD greatness. My 20 minute videos tend to be just a hair over that. They have ads and only allow the upload of 1 HD video a week. They offer no support and no statistics of any kind to see how well your channel is going. Also, you’re only allowed one group, one channel, and three albums (playlists).
- Plus gives you 5 GB a storage and unlimited everything else as well as analytics, support, player customization, embedding and no ads. Plus costs about $10 a month of about $60 a year.
Caveat: They do not allow video game footage of any kind even if it is edited and you have permission to use it. The exception are devs wishing to showcase their work.
Personally, I don’t very much like the design of dailymotion at all, but hey, if it can do the job. Now, they aren’t as restrictive as Vimeo, however they do require you to be able to provide proof you are allowed to use content in your video. They have a lot of Minecraft stuff, but for other Let’s Play type stuff, it’s pretty slim, crappy pickings and I’ve noticed a lot of comments on several videos lamenting how some other video got pulled. If you’re going to be posting material from publishers that are nice to Let’s Players, you’ll probably do all right here if you dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s”. They also have their own partnership options that are free to join, but what they do for you sound so much better than YouTube. As long as you have your permissions, you will be able to monetise your stuff. However, where YouTube gives you your check when you’ve earned at least $50, Dailymotion ups that to $100.
As for what you get for free:
- Unlimited HD uploads, forums, live shows, and the typical stuff we deal with on YouTube with following people, playlists. It seems pretty close to YouTube in terms of features.
Caveat: Fair Use doesn’t seem to be a thing for them considering they require proof you are able to use the content without any regard to the purpose.
When I browsed the site, they had a button at the top for video games. When I clicked on that, I saw a lot of videos featuring game play footage. Everything from journalistic videos to let’s plays, unobxings, and PS4 and XBox One gameplay. This is a promising start.
Caveat: I say this first, because it’s one of the first things i read. Your video length is limited to 10 minutes. Anything more will get auto-removed by a robot. They don’t want profanity, either, which could be a hard thing for some people. Another thing, you are on your own when it comes to the copyright beast, so it’s only you under the bus should someone target you, so you really should get your permissions,including from any people appearing in your video. We’re talking the big huge beast. And another big one, other users on the site will have the right to steal your video and make derivatives for non-commercial and personal use.
So, if you still want to know what you get, I have no effing clue. There is no page to tell me what the benefits of using their service are nor what I would get.
Now, they have a section for videogames and when I search “let’s play” i got 1000 episodes. That’s good, right? It shows they exist here. I saw Quest For Glory, Peggle 2, Minecraft, Kirby 64, Ryse, Dead Rising 3, GTA V, and other stuff. They are a part of Maker Studios, which if you know of the RPM partner on YouTube, you’d recognize the name. To even get onboard with them, you’ll need to have YouTube and be partnered with RPM, and it appears the people of Blip handpick the YouTube stuff of their partners to appear on Blip. I could be wrong. In any case, it requires YouTube, so that’s three strikes in one.
The other video sites I found were more like aggregators that pointed to videos from a variety of sources, which I learned when I clicked on various let’s play videos and saw the embedded YouTube player.
So, the bottom line is this: there’s no nice fair use outlet for any of you. There is nothing that explicitly addresses such uses of third party content. You’ve gotta have your permission devil ducks all in a row if you’re going stay afloat in this out-of-control tsunami people are dying in. If you’re not-for-profit, then you’ve really got nothing to worry about, as content matches don’t really do anything to you in the first place. For everyone else, you’ve just gotta find a way to adapt. And as much as the hate and panic that’s going around, this kinda needed to happen. It brings to attention the need to address video game footage in the light of fair use and get some changes to how we handle such things.