Paul had a nasty Christmas present, an email notifying him that his training videos were in breach of Vimeo’s no commercial use policy.
You could believe his shock, with so many popular tech, web design & SEO blogs being allowed to flaunt the rules.
A couple of months ago I pointed out that Vimeo isn’t for commercial use, but that message seems to be largely ignored.
To me it seems that any large commercial undertaking using Vimeo fits one of the following scenarios:-
- Walking a tightrope with a demand to take their content down imminent
- In some barter arrangement for link juice worth far more than any blogger has probably ever received for a paid post – I wonder what the FTC would think? It certainly influences a lot of businesses to use something they shouldn’t
- Blindly walking a path of ignorance having not checked terms of service before signing up
The most prominent I have seen using Vimeo are Read Write Web, Techcrunch and in the SEO community Seomoz
There are tons of commercial funded startups who use Vimeo on their home pages.
Over the Christmas quiet spell I would suggest taking your videos and links away from Vimeo, and let Vimeo stagnate in a non-commercial world.
I have never really understood why anyone creating public facing videos would use Vimeo anyway, their primary saving grace are their privacy controls which would be ideal for membership sites if not for the commercial use barrier.