Apple killed a YouTube channel because it showed too much Apple India News, The Indian Express

Apple has shut down a fan-owned YouTube channel dedicated to archiving past developer conferences. The company used copyright claims to take down the channel, which was called “Apple WWDC Videos.”

Before it was removed, “Apple WWDC” videos contained hundreds of clips and videos related to Apple’s past conferences. Some of the video’s content was decades old and featured keynotes presented by the late Steve Jobs.

Brendan Shanks, the owner of the channel, went to Twitter to indicate what Apple had done. Shanks posted the words “Congratulations Apple, you’ve deleted my YouTube channel of hundreds of…20 year old WWDC videos. I wouldn’t want anyone to learn anything about Mac OS X, Darwin, Aqua or WebObjects.”

While copyright claims sometimes lead to the removal of a single video, it appears that the sheer number filed against Shanks’ channel has led YouTube to shut it down completely. Apple also owns the rights to the images, so there’s no chance of an appeal going to Shanks.

Apple hasn’t released a statement, so it’s not immediately clear why it felt the need to target a channel of old conference footage. The tech giant has taken similar steps before, with deleted an Apple-themed web archive back in 2020.

Despite the canal’s closure, Shanks has not been deterred. He claims he still has all the footage and is working on… move to the internet archive – although that may take a while. Also the family of former Apple chief Steve Jobs keeps an archive which includes clips of the entrepreneur speaking, selected emails, and other records from Jobs’s time at Apple.

Source: Brendan Shanks

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