DeluTube offers users a way to view deleted YouTube videos

DeluTube, as its name implies, can serve up some video clips even after YouTube has purged them. That includes clips that contain copyrighted music and many clips that aren't work safe. Delutube allows visitors to enter the video ID (pulled from the end of the YouTube URL) of a deleted clip, then attempts to retrieve the clip from YouTube's system. Clips are apparently not deleted from YouTube's database at the moment they are taken down (or they at least persist in YouTube's cache before being cleared), allowing DeluTube a chance of retrieving them. The site also allows for the easy downloading of the clips.

DeluTube isn't the only service that can do such a thing, of course, but it's possibly the most ironic; the site makes money serving Google ads. The creation of these services shows how much demand exists for this sort of material, and what a hard time content owners have controlling it. The line of legality is very fuzzy since the clips all come from YouTube's servers, whether they infringe on copyright laws or are simply inappropriate. Lawsuits are undoubtedly coming, but will they target YouTube for not completely removing the videos or will they target DeluTube and other sites like it?

News source: Ars Technica

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It seems to be able to pull private videos out too, I entered a video ID from DeluTube at YouTube and it says to accept the invite to view the private video.

It's been around for ages now and alot of it's content is illegal to say the least. As well as some of it being just pure disgusting. It's mostly underrage girls or amateur pornography. And there's an already famous clip of underrage beastiality on there too, it's developing it's own goatse(esque) image.

Sensayshun said,
It's mostly underrage girls or amateur pornography. And there's an already famous clip of underrage beastiality on there too

Linkage? :nuts: :huh:

so there is a minimum age on fiddling with animals? how do you police this? what if the animal lies when you ask how old it is?

Is YouTube really that serious? It's a huge collection of poor quality clips that people are going ga-ga over because they don't know how to search the net. Movies, tv shows, and anything else worth finding can be found in better quality elsewhere.

YouTube: Display Your Computer Illiteracy™

Davo said,
Is YouTube really that serious? It's a huge collection of poor quality clips that people are going ga-ga over because they don't know how to search the net. Movies, tv shows, and anything else worth finding can be found in better quality elsewhere.

YouTube: Display Your Computer Illiteracy™

It's not about being computer illiterate. I rather go to YouTube to see funny videos than having 50 e-mails from friends with 3-5 MB attachments that usually are repeated every 2 months or so. And for some things, poor quality clips are just enough. I wouldn't like to download a HDTV version of this, for example. What would be the point?

Tomorrow's Headline:
uTube rolls out new server engine/storage system

That's my first thought after reading this... :P