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I received an email this morning from YouTube/Google informing that a video had been removed for infringing copyright and how naughty I was as this was my second strike:
We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification from LoveCat Music, claiming that this material is infringing:
(MUSIC) BFBC2 Empty Server Shenanigans
This is the second copyright sanction against your account. A single additional claim against your account will result in the termination of your account. To avoid this, delete any videos to which you do not own the rights and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.
If one of your postings has been misidentified as infringing, you may submit a counter-notification. Information about this process is in our Help Centre.
Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material was disabled due to mistake or misidentification may be liable for damages.
– The YouTube Team
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901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
Uh-oh, just noticed the copyright notice at the bottom of the email…. maybe I’ll have to face a firing squad if they find out.
My second strike….. well regular readers might remember back to March(?) when I got a strike which I posted about when I thought I was taking part in a legitimate viral advertising campaign for a Robert Rodriguez film – Twentieth Century Fox thought otherwise. But on top of that YouTube IGNORED subsequent emails about the issue so I just decided to take the hit and let it go.
This meant that there were certain things I could not do on my account such as put videos as ‘unlisted’. Not a major issue, but a little niggle as it meant that I couldn’t do any exclusives for you guys. But there we are, I was building the channel and had to live with “my” mistake.
Now then, the video that has been removed (and I’ve already contacted YouTube about it) should not have been removed. Fair enough strip the audio if LoveCat Music have issue – after all they ARE the copyright holders of the MUSIC but not of the video itself. So where’s my video?
And what was the music? It was this (and I’m using another copyright infringer’s video to illustrate how inconsistent copyright enforcement is):
I fully admit that I used copyrighted material in my vids. However, they should really be covered by fair use in most cases (not necessarily in this case, but in general). This was always going to be a risk, and it is not unexpected so I’m not particularly bothered about it. I’ll be archiving a couple of vids (Geoff’s and MrDazzyBee69 in particular) but all the rest will either just sit there ad infinitum, or get terminated with the channel when someone else decides to be grumpy.
So that’s that. MrCheapKills will no longer be updated. I’ll post a bulletin on there a couple of times over the next couple of weeks, but there will be no new videos on that channel. For all things cheap and teabaggy then you should now visit: http://www.youtube.com/thecheapkills. The new channel will be copyright infringement free (mostly).
Thanks everyone for your support, contributions and general e-hugs and I look forward to seeing you all on the new channel.
New channel: http://www.youtube.com/thecheapkills
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