.@Blender's videos on #YouTube have now come back, but they are also being told by Google/YT that they HAVE to monetise them. #Blender are considering refusing, which presumably would mean the videos being taken down again:
Whatever they once stood for, #Google's aim now is exploiting their users' content for maximum profit.
If you don't want your videos to be exploited, it is important to switch to an independent alternative:
I don't have enough experience to recommend particular instances 😕
However, these might help beginners:
-JoinPeerTube.org has a list of selected instances that accept signups
-An instance's About page should have contact details for the admin and a clear set of rules
-An instance's Local page shows what kind of vids they host (and maybe how good their server is? I'm not sure about this point though)
Have you tried watching the Blender instance at @blender ?
(At least for me, the Blender instance seems to work pretty well. But yes, some instances are very jerky.)
There is still a lot of work to do on PeerTube (hence their crowdfunding https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/peertube-a-free-and-federated-video-platform ) but the Blender instance seems to work well enough to provide a real alternative to YT,
About the IP issue, the developers are discussing various options here:
the biggest concern is that of privacy, so I’m happy to see there’s some discussion going on. it’s such a great idea overall so I’m really excited to see it go forward
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.