Youtube is a tool that takes the creativity of the populace and puts it on display for all the world to see. Somehow, as millions of people continue to upload millions of videos to it, functionality not only continues, but is continually enhanced.
But for every cool thing there is something crappy. For Youtube that’s the big, ugly head of copyright enforcing media conglomerate trolls randomly blocking access to videos that should be available to be seen everywhere and anywhere.
A business deserves to make its money fairly, but when it interferes with the public interest there are only two ways for the public to go: through them or around them. And this is the internet so the public has plenty of options.
1. Virtual Private Network
If you absolutely positively don’t want anyone seeing your business or blocking your access to stuff you want to see, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a lock. Once you login to that bad boy no one but your VPN provider can see what you’re doing.
However, make sure you investigate which ones will or won’t share your info with government or copyright holding entities. Read the small print, call their support lines, do whatever you gotta do. At the very least, you’ll get around pretty much all region-encoded copyright blocks.
All that awesome ain’t free though. Virtual Private Networks cost money. Fret not my friend, there are plenty of free options.
2. Tor Browser
Tor is free software that connects to an open network of volunteers that help to obfuscate your browsing habits. Once you get the software and open the Tor Browser your web activity will automatically be bounced around hosts worldwide so your internet voyages can’t be easily observed.
One of the benefits of the Tor Browser is that it can unblock some YouTube videos that may be locked up behind copyrights. Depending on where you are and where Tor is bouncing your activity around some of those videos may be freed up. This is not an absolute, but it’s an excellent place to start.
3. Proxy Sites
Some websites function as a placeholder for your web activity. Once you use them, you can visit other websites that may be blocked by entities using regional copyrights or by your company firewall if you’re at work. Want to see a video from your favorite DJ’s new album that isn’t on Spin Academy? A proxy site has your back…most times.
The crappy thing about proxy sites is that they tend not to stick around very long. No worries. Another one will pop up somewhere else. Just be sure to clear your cache before you go to the proxy site so your computer won’t help block the content you want to see.
One of the easiest ways to ensure that you can watch whatever you want on YouTube is installing an addon that works. And Proxmate is one of the most highly regarded Chrome addons that unblocks content that copyright holders don’t want you to see. It works for a multitude of sites besides YouTube and is constantly adding more all the time.
5. Youtube Unblocker for Firefox
The Firefox add-on that works fairly well for region-blocked YouTube videos is YouTube Unblocker. It’s not 100% reliable, but it works far better than nothing at all. And if you use it in conjunction with some of the other options listed you will find your ability to watch whatever you want going virtually unabated.
6. Dispute it
A heads up, if you abuse this your YouTube account could be terminated. Do not break the copyright you agreed to or you’ll have to spend six whole minutes making a new account.
All of these options are available for use to aid you in seeing your beloved YouTube content and other sites as well. When used as a group will open the whole of the internet to you. Watch in good health.
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