Fedora and Video Sharing

threethirty three at threethirty.us
Fri Apr 9 21:06:51 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-04-09 at 16:23 -0400, Nicholas Ozorak wrote:
> Dear Anyone with an interest in video distribution,
> My name is Nick Ozorak, and I am one of the students from Allegheny
> College who has just come in to help with the Fedora Project.  My
> particular field of expertise is in video creation and distribution,
> as I already have my own video-web series.  I'm one of five students
> who's looking into the issue of how videos about Fedora can be
> distributed online.

Ahoy Nick, I'm Justin aka threethirty
> I saw in the archives that there was recently a discussion about
> Fedora and where videos showcasing the project should be hosted.
> Internet Archive was mentioned, as well as Dailymotion.  Based off of
> my experience, both of these websites are decent places to host video,
> but they don't receive as much traffic as the granddaddy of them all -
> YouTube.  As a consumer, when I am looking for videos regarding
> technological developments, YouTube is where I go first.
> I am aware that some people are uncomfortable with relying on YouTube
> and Flash, but there may be a solution to satisfy everyone.  One idea
> that I have come up with is:
> * Set up official Fedora Project accounts on websites like Internet
> Archive and Dailymotion.
> * Create videos on these accounts to establish them as being
> officially part of the Fedora Project (welcome videos, tutorials,
> features of Fedora, etc).
> * Designate people to be official Fedora Project Video Account Managers.
> * Allow other video creators and content developers to showcase their
> Fedora-related work on the official channel(s) by sending their video
> to the Account Master(s) for consideration.  If accepted, these videos
> would be added to the official channel.
> * Open a YouTube account, and ask people if they are comfortable with
> having their work(s) displayed on YouTube and/or other Flash-based
> websites.
> I'd be more than happy to discuss this idea in an IRC chat with those
> who are interested.  I would also be curious to find out what results
> previous discussions about this issue have yielded and get a sense of
> what people's opinions are.
> I will also add that I had never heard of Fedora before one of my
> professors started discussing it in class.  Once Mel Chua came to
> speak with our class and explain how this open-source community
> worked, I began to understand.  Having videos that explain the goals
> of the Fedora Project to those who have heard little to nothing about
> the project would be extremely beneficial with regards to outreach.
> Thanks for reading, and good luck with preparing for the big release!
> Nick

There are some concerns [mostly mine, I don't think anyone cares :)] We
should run the TOS by Legal to make sure there is nothing in there that
we (the project) find offensive.  We also need to dig through the FUD on
the licensing for h.264, I remember reading somewhere there that if
there weren't proper licenses all the way through the chain the video
creator could be liable. (Yes I know this sounds like bollocks but we
should have a look at it; better safe than sorry)

The other concern is that we are less than 60 days till a release and we
don't want to take an resources from the main goal. 

Nick, if I seem like an overly careful a nutter, that's because I am,
but I'm mostly harmless. 

The only thing we have so far. Is the archive.org account.  But we
haven't done anything with it yet.  
Justin "threethirty" O'Brien
Fedora Ambassador & Marketing Team Member
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