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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: YouTube Nonprofit Program
Date Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:43:43 GMT
On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM, Ross Gardler
<> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Rob Weir []
>> Sent: 06 November 2012 15:36
>> To:
>> Subject: YouTube Nonprofit Program
>> It appears that we have an ASF "channel" on YouTube:
>> I see that there is also a YouTube Nonprofit Program, that brings some extra
>> perks beyond a normal account:
>> Does anyone know, is our channel currently part of that nonprofit program?
> I don't know the answer but Sally "owns" this channel. I've cc'd press@ (Sally more useful
info below)
> Rob, in terms of your question. Yes we (ComDev) are interested in this as we are experimenting
with video from conferences as we speak.

Great.  It seems that YouTube has both publicity/communications
potential as well as community development potential.  (Or you could
say those are two sides of the same coin.)

My immediate interest is figuring out what the best way for an Apache
project to engage with YouTube, especially if we anticipate having,
over time, many videos.

The options in theory are:

1) Individual volunteers upload using their own personal accounts,
perhaps adopting some tagging scheme to show their commonality.  The
project them hosts a webpage that links to or embeds the various
videos.  This is the simplest method, but doesn't cause anything to
formally be contributed to the ASF, the videos are thus not
necessarily under a license that allows easy remixing, etc.  Over time
things become messy also, with outdated content and no way to control
that from a project's perspective.   This is what happens now with

2) An account per project, registered as a "user" in Youtube -- messy
from security standpoint, the "shared secret" issue.

3) Everyone use the ASF account -- but that then gets a bit unwieldy
and inherits issue 2).

4) Use the "related organization" clause of the YouTube Nonprofit
program so every PMC can have its own channel if it wishes.  Adopt
consistent branding, etc.  This may be the most flexible of the
options, but requires the most coordination.

Maybe other options as well.


>> If we are part of that program (or are interesting in joining it) then there is
>> this interesting note:
>> "We only allow one membership per organization. However, branches of
>> umbrella organizations that share Employee Identification Numbers
>> (EINs) with their parent organizations are eligible for individual memberships.
>> Branches must indicate that they are applying as a "related organization"
>> during the application process and go through additional screening."
>> This might be an avenue for having project-specific accounts as well, which
>> might be interesting for projects like Apache OpenOffice, which have already
>> produced a number of Youtube videos, but all scattered among individual
>> user accounts.
>> Anyone else interested in this?  Is this worth pursuing?  Who controls the
>> current ASF YouTube account?
>> Regards,
>> -Rob

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