youtube censorship 1.1 million people petition Google to allow third party YouTube recording

Over one million people have signed a petition asking Google to allow third-party recording of YouTube videos for private use.

Over one million people have signed a petition asking Google to allow third-party recording of YouTube videos for private use.

 
The petition was organised by 21-year-old Philip Matesanz from Hanover, Germany, who employed Change.org to help muster together support for his campaign.
 
At the time of writing the amount of signatures is now at 1,107,856, with a target of 1,500,000. The petition is written in English, French, German and Turkish, criticising Google for having “teamed up with the RIAA” to take action against any service that allows users to record content uploaded to YouTube, such as a variety of websites that convert YouTube videos to .mpg or .mp3 files.
 
youtube censorship 1.1 million people petition Google to allow third party YouTube recording
 
“In the past people have been able to record TV shows and CDs using home recording equipment,” said Matesanz. “Now, Youtube wants to block users doing the same from its site. I launched this petition to make the point that changing technology should not affect peoples’ rights as a consumer. I have been amazed at the response to my petition but surprised that the company has not responded. I would very much like to sit down with them and discuss this issue.”
 
We contacted Google to see what it had to say. A YouTube spokesperson told us: “We have always taken violations of our Terms of Service seriously, and will continue to enforce these Terms of Service against sites that violate them."