Monday, February 01, 2010
Slapped By YouTube, Again
A week or so ago I received a YouTube message from some guy (Tom Mabe?) nicely telling me that he had sold the rights to his *Pranks* to Sony. He advised me to take down my little clip of his - one that had amassed 225,000 hits for my account.
I didn't take it too seriously, because, well these types of notices are common.
But soon after that, I got a *copyright violation* notice from YouTube. They said it was my second one and the next would result in a cancellation of my account. Crap! (The first offense was that Jewish girl pranking her parents about her new Italian boyfriend. But that was two freakin years ago.)
Now the last thing I need is for YouTube to delete my account. I'd have to create a new identity, rename and reload at least some of the videos. So I went ahead and deleted ANY clip of mine, no matter how obscure, that could net me another potential copyright violation.
Am I pissed at this?
Yeah, a bit. But Google dragged their feet long enough on this front. I commend them for standing up to the thugs.
It seems like I'm always in trouble with the law these days, doesn't it? With my eviction situation and whatnot...
Recall YouTube also slapped me for posting objectionable content recently - my clip of drowning a rat!
BTW, to hear that hilarious Jewish/Italian prank, click here.
Try as they might, those legal thugs haven't been able to erase it from the public domain!!!