Freeboot (v.) - It’s like piracy + advertising
To use the content of another creator, without their permission, in such a way that it bypasses their revenue source and replace it with your own.
Also in the 16th century it referred to piracy.
Have you ever needed a word, but couldn’t find one that sufficiently describes the idea you’re trying to get across?
Well you could always do what Brady Haran from the Hello Internet podcast did...
Repurpose an old underused word, like freebooting.
Hello Internet Episode 5: https://youtu.be/-j-tCHzjam4
Hello Internet Episode 5: http://www.hellointernet.fm/podcast/5
Smarter Everyday: https://youtu.be/L6A1Lt0kvMA
CGP Grey: https://www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey
Smarter Everyday: https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2
Periodic Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/periodicvideos
Hello Internet: https://www.youtube.com/user/HelloInternetPodcast
History & Etymology:
Originally a borrowing from Dutch vrijbuiter in the 1570s, meaning lawless adventure, pirate, or plunderer. This is also the word we derive the word booty for treasure. A French word that meant the something similar also found its way into the English language “filibuster” and was repurposed to mean something almost completely different. (I’ll definitely cover that word in the future.) The word has fallen out of regular use to refer to acts of traditional piracy.
On February 26th, 2014 Brady Haran from the Numberphile channel and CGP Grey another educational YouTuber released the fifth episode of their podcast Hello Internet. Brady didn’t like using the word piracy or infringement to describe when a newspaper re-uploads his videos on their servers serving their ads with none of the revenue going to him. Brady introduced the possibility of using the older word freebooting. Here’s a clip I’ve “freebooted” from the podcast.
But really I don’t want to cost them any revenue so please go check out their channels and podcast. Links are in the description.
Almost a year later on January 19th 2015 Destin from Smarter Every Day released a video called Facebook Freebooting. Where he discusses a portion of one of his videos that use freebooted on a verified Facebook page.
This video pretty much ensconced this new meaning for the word freebooting in internet culture. I’ve put a link to Destins video in the description.