Youtube is owned by Google, and Google collects so much user information liked to IP addresses as to represent a major honeypot for law enforcement.
Google says that if someone gets three “strikes” for defying the non-fair-use respecting copyright rules or for defying their “community guidelines,” they will disable not one, but ALL accounts “linked” to that IP address.
There is a very threatening “Sauron” implication in this:
This may mean google is creating a database of all IP addresses used by each subscriber, a database the pigs could get into with a “national security letter” , so as to identify all accounts held by those who use multiple IP addresses. This applies to Youtube, Gmail, and all other google account services.
As evidence of the existence of this database, two test Youtube accounts created from an IP we had used only to edit our main account(with one copyright whiner and a video removed for posting Kingdon Gould’s home address) were both created disabled, and hacking around found only an option to reactivate by SMS (phone) text message. We refused to comply and realized this means a dangerous database is being built.
This database, once accessed by law enforcement, would allow working out who uses what computers, and therefore who networks with whom, so as to work out the structure of any organization containing more than one person with either a YouTube or Gmail account.
SMS VERIFICATION WARNING: Never, ever agree to “verify” a new or recover a disabled (due to related IP) account by sms message! If you do this, Google has your phone number and can give it to the pigs. This will like your Youtube or Gmail account to your REAL name and REAL address unless it is a throwaway phone bought with cash. That is an evidence trail good enough to prove in court who posted a video, unlike an IP address on an unsecured wireless network-even you own, especially that of the public library.
If you still want a new youtube account and are asked for a phone number, go to another IP address, get the zip code there, and be sure they match when you fill out the online forms. This will work if someone else didn’t make five Youtube accounts there first-or ever log into one containing even one video with a copyright or “community guidelines” violation. Better yet, boycott Google and post your videos anywhere Google does not control.
Our existing videos will remain on Youtube until they collect three strikes and the accounts are cancelled, but we will not be relying on them in the future. instead, we will post videos on in two places: Liveleak and http://www.activistvideo.org .
We will still link to videos posted by others on Youtube, but be aware of Google’s IP harvesting behavior when watching them.