YouTube: Broadcast Yourself…If YOU Don’t, THEY Will!
I’m sure all up-and-coming filmmakers, musicians, and violent narcissistic teenagers are very thankful that they have YouTube to fulfill what YouTube promises: to broadcast yourself! And their doing just that…Like it or not!
Broadcast Yourself…if you don’t, they will! YouTube can hurt you MUCH more than it helps you. Their mission is to accumulate page views, They encourage uploading. This is akin to a bootleggers fleamarket for sharing YOUR copyrighted work… The one that cost you money to make and that you WERE trying to sell to help feed your family. Being a victim myself of YT’s complete dismissal of personal responsibility for broadcasting copyrighted works, I must now add to my payroll, the hours for a part time administrative assistant to monitor YouTube to catch any illegal broadcasts. At any given moment, my entire DVD will appear – in full – on YouTube. Who’s fault is it, and what can I do?
Is it the fans fault? Of course it is, but they really don’t know how their overzealous ‘look at my channel’ mentality continues to hurt the artist (of whom they’re so devoted to). As I explained in my “addiction to sharing” post, they just wanna be part of the game; just to have their name associated with the artist or band they love for all the world to see; since there’s really nothing else in it for them. One of them actually responded to my attorneys request to remove the video as being ungrateful; that “most of us don’t have the money to buy it so you should be thankful I’m sharing it! I’m doing you a favor!” They don’t know how much this has hurt us, and they can’t be held accountable for what they don’t know. So now, they NEED to know…you are GIVING AWAY what we NEED to sell! How can we continue to release material if you’re just going to give it away for us? How are we supposed to make an income?
But at the end of the file-sharing pipeline, IT IS YOUTUBE’S FAULT for letting their passengers get on board without going through the security check. They are no different than the rest of the industry…make money no matter what the cost to the artist. Get viewers FIRST; worry about WHAT their viewing LATER. And if you’re not watching them like a hawk, or in my case PAYING someone to watch them, you can miss out like me on potential sales. My ENTIRE DVD “Born in the Basement” has been posted a dozen times, in full, bonus material included. Well over 20,000 views. Why would anyone buy my DVD now? They won’t. They’ll wait to catch it illegally on YouTube again. A simple fact that we have to be very aware of: the fans will only pay for our work if it is absolutely necessary and AFTER they have tried or waited as long as they can to get it for free. Let’s face it, artists are fans too, and don’t we do the same thing?
When submitting their copyright infringement form, UT did respond quickly, and remove the nicely packaged-chapterized FREE on-demand broadcast of my work that is supposed to feed my family. I feel they responded almost TOO quickly for such a large company. It actually gave me a false sense of confidence; that they were really on my side and my claim was something urgent to them. But what about my requests of REIMBURSEMENT for billable employee hours to keep babysitting them? Of course, they covered there ass 1000 times over in the ‘terms and condition’s agreement that every account holder agrees to, but never reads.
Artists, entertainers and musicians who rely on revenue from selling their content have no choice but to make the monitoring of YouTube part of their daily work. Just like chasing our royalty checks, add it to our pile of problems to solve while taking yet MORE time away from creating the very work that keeps YouTube making millions.
THERE IS A SOLUTION.
Please help make it happen.
PROBLEMS CAN’T BE SOLVED WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM.