Saturday, October 17, 2009


I just figured out that YouTube has disabled my primary account, "due to terms of violation" regarding copyright infringement. A couple of days ago I got two back to back notices regarding my video uploads of Chainey on Mr. Rogers:

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Family Communications, Inc. claiming that this material is infringing:

Chainey Returns to Mr Rogers Neighborhood Pt I MOV04802:

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube's copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

YouTube, Inc.

Given that there were 3 videos (with Chainey's second appearance in 2 parts), I didn't even think to head 'em off at the pass and disable the third video. I uploaded it so long ago, my mind wasn't thinking of preemption. So it seems 3 strikes and I'm out. Seems grossly unfair to have my account deleted in this manner. If I had subsequently uploaded more copyright infringing videos after their notice, then I'd say that qualifies as "repeat violation".

Ah well.....some 200 videos (origami, gymnastics, and others) that I have to consider whether or not it's worth the time to upload....

One blessing is that I don't have to receive all those comments blasting me for the WCOG video showing Phu Tran teaching it to members, but not being an instructional video of his rose. My God, if you people only knew what a headache that's been....


Joseph White said...

Ugh, thats a low blow man :/. Youtube has cracked down hard on anything remotely copyright infringing, and their actions are pretty impersonal.

I've always enjoyed your WCOG and convention videos, ever since you uploaded them for the O-List long ago. It gave me insight into origami groups and clubs, since being out in the "Kentucky wilderness" I've never been to one (well, besides attending the OUSA convention twice, I've not been to a gathering of origamists).

"Phu Tran Rose", a phrase that will live in infamy in my mind, along with other such disputes and quarrels amongst the origami world. "Even the most tempting rose has thorns" comes to mind to anyone seeking to learn this model, without learning it in person that is. I'm sorry that you've had to go through that.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Hey Joe,

Thanks for the support. It's just aggravating at first, then you let it go.

It'd just be nice if they had a better way of dealing with this. Can't really complain too hard, since the service they provide is free to users. But yeah, there's really no one to contact and communicate with to resolve these kinds of issues without being erased from existence.

I've opened another account and will try to restore most of what's been lost.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Well, my account is back. I guess they didn't delete it (didn't even notify me to tell me it was restored). But I'm supposed to sign some new form, repenting my earlier trespass.