YouTomb Knows Where the Videos Are Buried

Site monitors YouTube's castoffs
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 12:55 PM CDT
YouTomb Knows Where the Videos Are Buried
This screenshot shows YouTomb, the site that tracks dead YouTube videos.   (

When YouTube videos get taken down, YouTomb is watching. The new site, the brainchild of a group of MIT students, tracks every video removed from YouTube, along with who requested its removal. YouTomb doesn’t archive the videos—“We’re not interested in bootlegged videos of Naruto,” says co-creator Dean Jansen—it’s interested solely in watching for fair use abuses.

In its efforts to please copyright holders and stave off lawsuits, YouTube has sometimes hit controversy by removing parodies or remixes thanks to dubious copyright complaints. “We aren't trying to be antagonistic at all,” says Jansen. “We understand YouTube has a business to run. But at the same time, we’re not sure where it ends.” (Read more YouTube stories.)

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