Friday, January 11, 2013

Youtube news

As regular readers of this blog might know, I've had on-going issues with Youtube for many years now. When I was on break, several issues surfaced, making my experience with YT that much more unpleasant.

First, Youtube is auditing channel views and they have removed nearly 3 million view count from the main page of my channel. If you look at the Lifetime views, I have over 6 million views. I'm not happy about this. Apparently Youtube are removing all views from deleted videos on all channels, not just mine. Fine, I have no problem with this except for the fact that because of Youtube's chronic incompetence regarding copyright issues during many instances in which I had to delete videos because YT incorrectly branded my uploads as infringing on the copyrights of certain claimants, most of them being fraudulent claims. If it was up to me I would have kept all the videos up on my channel. It was a lot of hard work and 6 million views reflect that but no Youtube now has to remove all the views of deleted videos, no matter if Youtube's false or incorrect claims were the cause of these removals.

Second, speaking of fraudulent or incorrect copyright claims, just at the end of last year, one of my Moloch videos I uploaded on my YT channel was branded with a phony copyright claim from, of all things, a German TV channel. Now what does a German TV channel have to do with an Italian made PEPLUM? I did a counter claim and YT agreed with me. It was another pointless protracted fight which might have resulted with me removing the video (and losing the views) but this time I decided not to remove the video and it all worked in my favor.

Third, another uploader uploaded ALL of my movies to his multiple Youtube channels. All of them. Even though all of these films are in the Public Domain my uploads are special uploads: I create special fan edits, adding missing scenes or correcting the title and opening credits. Stuff like that. My uploads are not ordinary uploads but exclusive stuff available only on my 2 remaining channels. I complained to the uploader, explained to him what I just wrote and he removed all my films from his multiple channels.


Steven Lester said...

Thank you for staying the coarse with YouTube. Google lost its soul years ago, and YouTube reflects this. I wish you could find a video hosting site that would treat you better. I'm no web whiz so I can't suggest one, but does Facebook have anything like YouTube going for it? Again, I'm just talking from ignorance, but you have every right to be angry.

PEPLUM cinema said...

No Youtube option at Facebook. There aren't that many alternative. Most other YT-like sites are limited (can't show 90 minutes long videos) and have even more draconian rules about copyright and public domain stuff.