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KeepVid Site No Longer Allows Users To 'Keep' Videos (torrentfreak.com) 73

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: For many years, KeepVid has been a prime destination for people who wanted to download videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Vimeo, and dozens of other sites. The web application was free and worked without any hassle. This was still the case earlier this month when the site advertised itself as follows: "KeepVid Video Downloader is a free web application that allows you to download videos from sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch.Tv, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many more." However, a few days ago the site radically changed its course. While the motivation is unknown at the time, KeepVid took its popular video download service offline without prior notice. Today, people can no longer use the KeepVid site to download videos. On the contrary, the site warns that using video download and conversion tools might get people in trouble. "Video downloading from the Internet will become more and more difficult, and KeepVid encourages people to download videos via the correct and legal ways," the new KeepVid reads. The site now lists several alternative options to enjoy videos and music, including Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and Pandora.
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KeepVid Site No Longer Allows Users To 'Keep' Videos

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  • bye bye (Score:5, Informative)

    by supernova87a ( 532540 ) <.kepler1. .at. .hotmail.com.> on Thursday March 22, 2018 @08:15PM (#56309675)
    The site's content is straight out of Google Translate engine and smacks of someone in a foreign country being hit with a lawsuit and putting up this content to satisfy the terms of the settlement. Goodbye, keepvid.com, as you get forgotten in the search rankings.
  • by Known Nutter ( 988758 ) on Thursday March 22, 2018 @08:18PM (#56309693)
    Well fuck.
  • Who cares? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 22, 2018 @08:19PM (#56309701)

    Just use youtube-dl or a browser extension.

    • by v1 ( 525388 ) on Thursday March 22, 2018 @08:24PM (#56309733) Homepage Journal

      it really sounds like they got hit with a big threat from someone (like youtube) and were given the no-choice-choice of 100% compliance with their demands or facing a bankrupting lawsuit. The typical demand is:

      1. take down your service immediately
      2. never come back
      3. don't tell anyone who we are

      "in exchange, we won't sue you into oblivion"

    • Can't wait for the Ctr / Print Scrn key combo to be disabled.

      I'll keep my old boxen around as long as I can. The internet is a cable TV system now.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Because downloading the videos keeps facts alive that YouTube et al would rather make disappear and be forgotten.

    • No, not at all. You are still allowed to download them, they just "encourage people to download videos via the correct and legal ways".

      Now all we need to figure out is how to actually do that.

  • Use youtube-dl (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 22, 2018 @08:26PM (#56309745)

    It can download from most major sites and even a few of the smaller ones. It let's you pick what format the video is (or only the audio from YouTube videos if you prefer to listen to them as podcasts).

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Youtube-dl will grab an entire playlist - it'll even snag a whole series off crunchyroll along with the subtitles. Occasionally it breaks... but then they fix it. 10/10.

  • While the motivation is unknown at the time, KeepVid took its popular video download service offline without prior notice.

    Probable motivation: they got a letter from a some company's attorney

    • by mikael ( 484 )

      Youtube were announcing that they were banning gun related videos. Presumably, they want to stop anyone from keeping and archiving these videos. Same with anything political sensitive.

  • I know all about the various client programs. but sometimes you're on someone else's computer and you don't have those, so what's a good web-based alternative to KeepVid?

  • It's really a pity when I know the news. But my friends send an alternative: https://www.vidpaw.com/ [vidpaw.com] It's free and safe, I've used it to download several videos.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 22, 2018 @10:52PM (#56310365)

    It is a bad idea to rely on web sites such as keepvid that are full of ads and incomprehensible scripts that do god-knows-what.

    It is a much better idea to instead use a free and open-source video-downloader such as youtube-dl or quvi.

    And if the maintainers/developers of youtube-dl or quvi decide to discontinue the project and "encourage people to download videos via the correct and legal ways", then you can always fork the code. That's the beauty of free/libre software.

    This situation is a perfect example of why Richard Stallman warned about "Service as a Software Substitute (SASS)". i.e. websites that offer a "service", that should instead be done by a software program running locally on your computer, fully under your control.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Been using both of them for a while now. Highly recommended.
    Download audio of talks and audiobooks on Youtube, and put it on the phone to listen in my car during my commute.

  • by istartedi ( 132515 ) on Friday March 23, 2018 @12:54AM (#56310805) Journal

    I don't know how WW3 will be fought, but video war X will be fought with a vintage analog video recorder aimed at a monitor.

    • by k6mfw ( 1182893 )

      I don't know how WW3 will be fought, but video war X will be fought with a vintage analog video recorder aimed at a monitor.

      Yeow, I just did that the other day. I wanted to make a small video clip (90 seconds) of an episode of Kolchak The Night Stalker where he talks with an exterminator about rats.

      Instead of camera aimed at monitor, I fed HDMI output to a HDMI to composite converter. Composite routed to a Firestore DVR.

      Clip is for a safety manager to highlight PPE not used in 1974. Also to show where exterminator eating a sandwich while spraying bushes. Kolchak commented concern of poison on the sandwich but exterminator r

    • I don't know how WW3 will be fought, but video war X will be fought with a vintage analog video recorder aimed at a monitor

      Good luck, because HDMI has replaced VGA ports [computerhope.com] on every computer and any VGA converter reduces the display resolution. That's by design to prevent piracy - recording a low resolution VGA display with a video recorder results in grainy video.

  • Is post their source on Github... dambit. Its probably just a simple solution... but damb, G has some great developers.
  • You know, the one they wanted you to buy. It still does conversion, but downloading has been downloaded and it won't download from youtube at all anymore.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't understand anything at all here. THE KEEPVID SITE IS STILL ONLINE AND WORKING. Just to be sure, I used it to download two different videos from youtube. Both worked perfectly. For some reason the site only offered 720p download, not 1080, though, but other than that it works perfectly fine.

    Oh wait. You guys aren't using keepvid.com, right? You are using the actual keepvid site? Right?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I've found this https://hooktube.com/ [hooktube.com], which not only has a better interface than youtube but also allows bypassing restrictions.

  • Sad to know about the KeepVid shuts down, but I am lucky to found out that https://www.vidpaw.com/ [vidpaw.com] will work.
  • Dad da da da da daaaaaa da.

    RIP Internet.

  • I liked it better when corporations were afraid of the Internet and didn't want anything to do with it.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?

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