Recently Udemy has foisted a forced arbitration clause upon its users and content creators. Arbitration creates a parallel, bizarro legal universe in which people have no legal rights and corporations grant themselves even more power. Forcing arbitration upon your customers is an explicit admission that your business practices will not hold up under legal scrutiny. This failing alone is enough to warrant a #UdemyExit.
But this failing is not alone; Udemy’s failings are numerous and well documented throughout the internet. Here’s a short list:
- Udemy’s Exodus, Amazon’s Gain
- Udemy faces criticism for profiting from pirated online courses
- Udemy Takes More From Instructors, Censors Critics
- Udemy Exposed: Why I Stopped Creating Courses
- Udemy’s New Revenue Sharing Model Is Off To a Rough Start
Today, Udemy’s failings are too numerous to ignore; problems with payment, accounting and accountability, discovery, piracy, fraudulent accounts and reviews, hosting stolen courses, etc., etc., etc.,… You can well understand why Udemy does NOT want to face legal reckoning, but there’s no need to forgive them for undermining our most basic democratic principles. In fact, there’s a moral imperative not to be complicit in Udemy’s erosion of our democracy, a democracy people died to create and defend.
To that end, as aspiring content creators, I hope you’ll join the #UdemyExit. Let’s show big business that they cannot take away our legal rights.
I hope to revamp the video course, in particular, Section II, revising it in line with the requests of students. I intend to release Section I on youtube as a loss-leader; Sections II and III will be available for purchase on this site.
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