If YouTube is a headache for music rightsholders, expect many to be reaching for the extra-strength painkillers at the news of BitChute, a new video-streaming service based on BitTorrent technology.

“What if there was an alternative to YouTube, one that doesn’t impose the same kinds of restrictions on uploaders?” is how TorrentFreak reported the new platform’s appeal.

“The idea comes from seeing the increased levels of censorship by the large social media platforms in the last couple of years. Bannings, demonetisation, and tweaking algorithms to send certain content into obscurity and, wanting to do something about it,” BitChute’s founder Ray Vahey told the news site.

It’s the first video site to use BitTorrent tech to spread the load of serving its content to users, rather than its own servers.

“As far as I could tell, no one had yet run with this idea as a service, so that’s what myself and few like-minded people decided…” For now, only a view early adopters have been given access to actually create channels and upload videos.

With less than 3,000 registered users so far it is very early days, but we’ll be interested to see if the idea catches on (and, obviously, what its copyright approach is if it does).

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