The University of California, Berkeley, has started to remove thousands of free video lectures and podcasts which were available to anyone with an Internet connection.
Berkeley is removing the videos due to a lawsuit brought by two students from another university under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The lawsuit saw the US Justice Department order Berkeley to make all its educational content accessible to people with disabilities.
Faced with a near insurmountable task, Berkeley was forced to take down all its free content.
Good news is that LBRY – a decentralised digital library – has copied all 20,000 videos and podcasts and made them permanently available for free.
“The full catalogue is over 4TB and will be synced over the next several days,” said LBRY CEO Jeremy Kauffman.
Kauffman believes copying and distributing the content is “almost certainly” legal, thanks to the Creative Commons licence.