No good deed: Youtube deletes Jeff Quitney’s channel

At one time there were several Youtube channels that found, cleaned-up, and uploaded public domain training films and other documentary-style educational videos for a grateful audience.  wdtvlive42 and Historia-Bel99TV were summarily deleted a couple of years ago.  This week the hammer fell on Jeff Quitney who had presented over five thousand films that he had spruced up.  Youtube does not seem to have an appeals process.  They first demonetized him based on (most likely spurious) copyright claims against music that was part of a few of the soundtracks.  Now, his channel has just disappeared.  Fortunately he has at least partial backups at Bit.Tube and Vimeo.  His goal is to ultimately have everything restored but that will take considerable time.  I’ve linked to him many times and have found at least temporary replacements from the Internet Archive as well as from other Youtubers.  Still, it is a shame what happened to him.

Periscope Film of Los Angeles still exists, providing watermarked films from their commercial library.  Let’s hope they remain and grow.

Addendum 7 April 2019: Looks like he’s making Vimeo his go-to site for old and new videos.  Click the image to go to his Vimeo page.

Click the image to go to Jeff Quitney’s Vimeo Channel

Addendum 10 June 2023: Jeff’s Vimeo site is down, as well.


  1. Periscopefilm is the one making these (illegal) strikes. They are the reason that Jeff and others are being taken down.

    1. I am sorry to hear that. Copyrighting public domain films and then slapping their timer on them is nasty business.

    2. Looks like Periscope has filed claim’s against Jeff on Vimeo too. Most of his content has been removed there. Sad loss of a resource. Jeff’s work is of a much higher quality than the imposters

      1. Do you have any idea on what grounds? Those are 99.9% public domain videos from Prelinger and other archives. Periscope just tacking on their asinine timer is no grounds for copyright.

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