An internet entrepreneur saved 20,000 free online college lectures (and more) after government declared them illegal.
Berkeley once had 20,000 online college lectures available on their website. Anyone could watch for free. But then government said the videos were ILLEGAL because they didn’t have captions for the deaf.
Captioning 20,000 videos would cost millions. So instead, Berkeley just took all the videos down. Now nobody outside the college could see them.
But one person wasn’t going to let that happen.
Jeremey Kaufmann has started a new service called LBRY (pronounced “library”). He posted the Berkeley videos and others there.
LBRY is kind of like Youtube — but unlike Youtube, it can’t be censored.
Kaufmann says he isn’t afraid to host the videos on his operation, because unlike Berkeley, he didn’t create them. He says that means he’s not legally responsible. We’ll see. One never knows what our authoritarian government will do.
Three cheers for entrepreneurs like Kaufmann who risk their time and money to keep information like these college lectures available.