I just watched Stefan Molyneux’s statement on his YouTube ban at LBRY.tv and it is eye opening. He said something to the effect of
14 years of my life, thousands of videos, millions of comments, have been destroyed.
I know some don’t care for Stefan, that isn’t the point, at all. The issue is YouTube wiping out 12 year of work in one hour flat. Many of his videos are now on LBRY and yet I figure many are lost forever. It did not have to be. LBRY has an import function that can let you copy 100% of your content on YouTube to LBRY, then claim it. I will explain how to do that in a few moments. Let me just say I did it two days ago and now everything I ever did is also now on my LBRY channel here. It took me less time to do this than to type this paragraph. Now that content is safe. Some of it being over a decade old, I have no idea where the originals are. Should I too be banned someday, it is now all preserved.
Before I tell content creators how to copy their content over let me just say this is another new platform competing with the technocratic oligarchs worth trying out. So please join me on LBRY here and follow me and other great content creators.
Okay if you have a YouTube channel here is what to do…
- Set up a LBRY account but DO NOT create a channel yet, do that here
- This is a separate step, go here, set up a partner account and follow the instructions to import your content from youtube, when you set up this account use the SAME EMAIL as the one for your LBRY account.
- In a day or three you will get an email saying that your content is ready to claim. Log into LBRY and claim your content.
A few notes on this. When I logged into claim my content it was not really clear what to do. The email said that there would be a way to claim the channel “on the right”. I was using a browser not the app so may be that is why but nothing was there, no prompt, no pop up. However, when I clicked on the account icon (little person between the settings icon and upload cloud on the top right) the imported channel was there, and I was able to claim it.
You also do have to do a few email confirms both from LBRY and YouTube but it is not hard to figure out. If you can produce videos you will have no problem doing so.
I have a lot yet to learn, LBRY uses its own crypto to reward viewers and content creators alike. Doing some stuff requires a bit of coin, which you can earn easily by simply sharing and watching content, installing the app, etc. To find those again click on the account app and then select rewards. I tried to buy some LBRY on Bittrex abut it seems to not be there any more. In any event I’ll learn more about the crypto side in time. Right now I am just happy to have a back up of all my content.
I am also planning to do a series or two on LBRY that will only be on LBRY so follow my channel to learn more about that in the near future. Of course before you can do that you need to join LBRY, again you can do so here.
Content creators, please learn from what happened to Stefan. I know your content is something about homesteads or gardens or model planes and they’d never ban you. Sorry no it is not that simple, some people have been de-platformed for things totally unrelated to their channels or accounts on these platforms. When I think of the countless hours that went into my videos I am glad they are all now backed up on a decentralized platform. I recommend you do the same with your content. It isn’t just videos it is work, some of you it is a significant portion of your life. Don’t leave it in the hands of Google, they are not your friends.
Yes I will continue to upload to YouTube as I have a lot of viewers but I won’t rely on them, all I am suggesting you don’t either.