Statement on OCW Videos Blocked on YouTube

At around midnight on June 14, a number of OCW videos on YouTube suddenly became unavailable for many learners.  Instead, they saw the following message from YouTube: “This video contains content from MIT. It is not available in your country.”

As of 3:00pm EDT Monday June 18, we still don’t have a solution.  Learners from the United States, India, China, Egypt, Belgium, Serbia, Kazakhstan – from all around the world – are still unable to access this MIT content. YouTube support is investigating the issue, and we eagerly await a fix.

Media reports show that OCW is not alone in this video blocking problem. Among others, it’s hit the popular YouTube channels of Blender, India’s Press Information Bureau, Czech soccer club AC Sparta Praha, and England Rugby.

We are deeply concerned about the blocking of these videos, as we know that so many OCW visitors rely on this content every day. We appreciate how the YouTube platform has allowed OCW to reach millions of learners from around the globe for free, consistent with our mission: to freely and openly share MIT course materials with the world.

While our YouTube videos are blocked, you can still access our videos through iTunes and the Internet Archive, via links on the OCW pages hosting each video.

We appreciate the outpouring of concern from our global community of passionate learners and educators. You’re the reason we’re here!

We’ll continue to work with YouTube to ensure that our videos are restored and accessible to all, without any barriers.

4 thoughts on “Statement on OCW Videos Blocked on YouTube

  1. You can find entire lectures on Archive.org. As an example, this is the entire lecture videos on Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python, Fall 2016 .

    With that said I suggest MIT starts P2P streaming, and relieving us of Youtube’s tentacles. This should serve as a stark prompt to MIT to not depend entirely on Youtube in serving OCW videos. https://joinpeertube.org/en/

    Shouldnt MIT be leading the charge in developing P2P streaming? [Asking out loud]

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  2. If possible kindly make the high definition videos available through the course website… the videos which are currently available do not have good quality and sometimes causes problems…

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  3. Pingback: MIT OpenCourseWare videos on YouTube have been restored | Open Matters

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