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Some of the new Obama YouTube videos have download links, which is a fantastic development. Lessig reports that this sort of linking may begin happening with other videos too.
It may be too soon for download links on every video, but I personally know a lot of video makers who would like to make their YouTube videos downloadable (they actually prefer being seen by as many people as possible). Let’s hope they make this option available to everyday users like you and I.
Could the Principles of Open Transition have had anything to do with this surprise feature?
I’ve always got to temper a super enthusiastic YouTube post by saying that they still have a long ways to go. Just today, Kevin Driscoll, MIT graduate student, cultural maven, and media activist had a disappointing exchange with the video giant over some DMCA counter-notifications.