Apple took down a YouTube channel featuring 20 years old archived WWDC keynotes

Admin of a popular YouTube channel, “Apple WWDC Videos”, Brendan Shanks shared that Apple issued takedown order of his channel which archived WWDC keynotes from as early as 2001.


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Shanks posted screenshots of takedown emails received from YouTube which stated that his videos were taken down because of copyright strikes.

According to YouTube’s copyright strike policy, the reports are submitted by the owner of the content and once the violation is found, the platform takedown the content.

If you get a copyright strike, it means that a copyright owner submitted a complete and valid legal takedown request for using their copyright-protected content. When we get this type of formal notification, we take down your video to comply with copyright law. A video can only have one copyright strike at a time.

Dismayed with the decision, Shanks’ tagged Apple CEO Tim Cook and other senior executives in his tweet that said:

Congratulations Apple, you took down my YouTube channel containing hundreds of…20-year old WWDC videos. Wouldn’t want anyone learning about Mac OS X, Darwin, Aqua, or WebObjects.

He added that he was moving all the videos to the Internet archive which will take time and reduce their visibility. Several readers sympathized with the YouTuber.

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