For a long time, I assumed that YouTube was merely a showcase for morons who like to throw themselves off garage roofs to see if they can break a bone. Or go skate-boarding on the highway to see if they can get themselves killed. But no.
Whilst much of YouTube’s output is like that (sadly there are a lot of morons around) it is also a place where, with luck, you can fill your personal wish-list of obscure records and TV clips, old and new.
And having now acquired EVERYTHING off MY list (including some pieces I had been after for more than HALF A CENTURY) I decided it was about time to “give back”.
But then I discovered a snag. YouTube uses kiddy formats, while I use grown-up ones (chiefly DVDs these days).
Therefore I can only assume the morons mentioned above must all have tame NERDS – because converting material for uploading onto YouTube is DAMN DIFFICULT!
Nevertheless, after three days of farting around, I managed to download the necessary freeware to enable me to DO it. Now, the only fly in my ointment is COPYRIGHT.
MOST of YouTube’s INTERESTING material breaks SOMEONE’S copyright and it appears that Someone (YouTube? The record companies?) has software that actually FLAGS an infringement. However, while YouTube WARNS you about said infringement, they only PULL your upload if the owner COMPLAINS – and not everyone does.
So Your Humble Scribe has put a few pieces onto it. And if he is spared, more will undoubtedly follow.
Already, a comment has been posted from someone who had been after one of my pieces for ten years (perhaps I should thank the guy who put up Johnny Chester’s version of “Last Night Was Made For Love”).
Anyhoo, if you want to check out MY YouTube pieces, go to my bogroll – I mean BLOGROLL – at the top right of this column.