By | August 18, 2016

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:

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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6 thoughts on “#UdemyExit

  1. Andrew

    Hi Michael, sorry to hear this. I am a Udemy student who purchased your course some time ago but never got around to plowing through the sessions. I am interested in re-purchasing the program once you have re-recorded/re-posted. Will you be contacting former students through the same email when the sessions are ready? Thank you.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for purchasing the course. As I understand it, the course will still be available on Udemy to students who have enrolled prior to its deactivation (today). I will make sure that the DLC is still available to Udemy students and accessible here on this site. So you should still be able to complete the course on Udemy (if not I’ll link you to the videos for download).

      However, because my account will be inaccessible (since I refuse to agree to Udemy’s BS TOS), I’ll no longer be able to contact my Udemy students. Please contact me here, or email me (I’m admin at mikejkelley.com), and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter. I’ll be sure to announce new content through the newsletter.

      Thanks again!

  2. S.

    Changing a TOS to include an arbitration clause does not deprive you of your legal rights; assuming that you have not expressly agreed to the arbitration clause (by ticking an updated TOS for instance), then Udemy could be found to have materially altered the contract, making that update void. It’s not guaranteed, because it comes down to the court’s discretion.

    Dissimilarly, it might be arguable that by removing your content, you are depriving the students who contracted for your course through Udemy of the agreed upon “Lifetime Access”, which could arguably be viewed as a breach of contract, in which no material alteration had occurred.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi S,

      Thanks for purchasing the course. Re: New TOS, unfortunately, there is no way to use your account without expressly agreeing to the arbitration clause. According to Udemy, any instructor who does not click “I Agree” will be unable to access their account by the 19th anyways. I preempted this inaccessibility in order to demonstrate explicitly that I do not agree to their new TOS. Re: arbitration clauses, from what I’ve read, courts tend to uphold forced arbitration clauses, even in instances in which you do not explicitly agree! Why such miscarriage? Judges see arbitrating as a lucrative second career:


      Again, the course has not been deleted. I misspoke in the course announcement email. The course has been deactivated. The course should still be accessible through Udemy to anyone who purchased it prior to its deactivation (Aug. 18th).

      Thanks again!

  3. Fabian

    Hi Michael,

    as a udemy student that has lots of courses, it’s painful to see you go away from there. However, I think that maybe you can do a better work in your own platform and am glad because of that.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I’ll surely be checking your blog and the forums 🙂 wish you success,


    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Fabian!

      Your support is truly appreciated! Re: the forums, they’re inactive right now but I intend to organize a game jam soon. Likewise I’ve been slacking on the blog posts, recently I’ve just been posting my artistic progress. Be sure to check out the Freebie Friday and Tutorial Tuesday series though, I think there’s a lot of great resources there. Thanks again! 🙂



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