Much BULLSH*T is spoken on YouTube – and by its users – on the issue of Copyright.
Its users go on about artists’ rights. And YouTube tells its users to refrain from posting copyright material. But both arguments are deeply FLAWED.
Of course artists should be able to reap the benefits of their work – but not for EVER.
And as far as YouTube not wanting copyright material on their service is concerned – HORSEFEATHERS!
If all of the copyright material disappeared from YouTube overnight – most of their customers would disappear WITH it.
All they would be left with would be idiots jumping off garage roofs, to see if they can break a bone – and those morons sad enough to watch it.
And YouTube KNOW that.
But what of the copyright owners themselves? Do THEY want NO copyright material on YouTube? Not necessarily…
Fact is, many companies are now beginning to wake up to the BENEFITS of snippets of their stuff being available to the ever-increasing millions of Interweb users. It represents FREE PUBLICITY.
Indeed some long-forgotten material has become so successful on YouTube, the original owner has ended up re-releasing it – and made sheds of cash by doing so.
And this has lead to the SMART companies uploading their copyright material THEMSELVES (in grade-A quality) – or get Vevo to do it for them.
However, there are still many companies and individuals who take a draconian attitude to their stuff popping up in the Public Domain – and bottom-feeders like the crass Okarima and the UK’s Web Sheriff are more than happy to act as “agents” for some of them.
And YouTube STILL have their arbitrary STRIKE system…
This takes two forms: the first is “Community Guidelines” – this means if you upload something “tasteless” you get a strike. This can include anything from animal torture (THOSE individuals should lose their BALLS – never mind their channels) to a one-second flash of nipple.
While Metacafe has an “18+” category for mild nudity, YouTube also has one – but rarely USES it. So given TV’s relaxed attitude to sex, a CG strike is easy to get. However, they DISAPPEAR after SIX MONTHS.
And therein lies the problem. Copyright strikes are there for EVER.
Thus if you collect three – even if they are just three from a THOUSAND uploads – and the third was earned from something you uploaded YEARS ago – you can LOSE your ENTIRE channel.
Which may represent YEARS of work to you.
So if you want to share old rarities from your record, tape and/or disk collection with other collectors (NOT new, current stuff they could BUY) you end up playing Russian Roulette.
When pieces are audio-only, thanks to an ARRANGEMENT between YouTube and the “Big Four”, you will normally only get take-downs, rather than collect strikes. But if they include VIDEO, you can be SCREWED.
It is always the obscure, seemingly safe stuff that gets you strikes. Often, material you THOUGHT would give you problems turns out to be owned by a company that WELCOMES the publicity.
So what is YouTube’s REAL attitude? Well, obviously they want as much custom as possible, but they care NOT for those who supply them with their wares – for FREE.
Which means that until they change their attitude (limiting copyright strikes’ validity to six months would be a START) uploaders are forced to duck and dive – opening channel after channel.
But there is ONE thing that can be done. And since no-one appears to have thought of it – let yours truly light the touch-paper.
A Register Of Artists Who Will Get You Strikes.
The following are artists and films where this reporter KNOWS that strikes have been awarded to uploaders of SOME related material. Of course, some of the artists involved may not have been AWARE said actions were being taken – therefore, they TOO might be interested to find themselves on this sh*t-list – and may feel like complaining to those responsible. After all, their inclusion in this list might cause people to BOYCOTT them and their sales could go DOWN as a result. So here goes…
Laurel and Hardy ’30s shorts (a GERMAN company – L&H are DEAD)
“High Anxiety” (the Mel Brooks movie)
The Leningrad Cowboys & The Red Army Choir (concert footage)
Bob Godfrey (cartoons)
Spike Jones (kinescope of Fifties compilation)
M*A*S*H (TV show excerpts)
This is just a nosegay. There are many others. And if this list is to MEAN anything – it needs EXPANDING. Therefore, I call upon any YouTubers who pass this way to leave additions as COMMENTS. Since I will not have had PROOF of the claims, I will add them to this post as…
A Register Of Artists Who Will (ALLEGEDLY) Get You Strikes.
I am told that two more are – Johnny & The Hurricanes – and Prince.
I now gather that Carson Entertainment Group (formerly Carson Enterprises) have joined the stupids – so avoid uploading Carson-era Tonight Show clips (there are LOADS up – but CEG are moving slowly and ERRATICALLY through them – Johnny must be spinning in his grave – he would NEVER approve).
[yet another update]
YouTube are FINALLY beginning to erase copyright strikes that are older than six months (as I recommended above) – but like CEG, they are ERRATIC. Some go – some DON’T.
I am told miserable git Bob Dylan is another dinosaur who is a “customer” of Webshite – I mean Sheriff.
[and yet another two]
I understand that at least SOME of the music of Dean Martin (who is DEAD) and Rod Stewart (who sadly isn’t) will get you strikes.
Now it seems the greedy owners of the late Dean Martin’s estate are moving on ANY content which includes him.
I hear that Warner are now slowly attacking uploaders of the Tom & Jerry cartoons they “acquired “from MGM. New uploads appear faster than they can tear existing ones down – but you can still get nailed if you are unlucky.