This is a bit of an experiment. The attached video (if one is still attached by the time you read this post) contains copyrighted music. If you like the music, you can buy it. You should buy it. Whatever. The fact is, though, that in remixing all our family video for the last year — mostly for our own personal enjoyment — I tend to string that video together with actual (copyrighted) songs. I dont usually share those videos, so… yeah.
But this video (again, if it is still attached when you read this) I thought I would share. I’m not endorsing you to anything but watching this video, a video for which I’ve admittedly not obtained permission to use the music. The only reason I am so adamantly stressing this point is because I earlier tried uploading it to Facebook and… well… Facebook took issue and removed it.
See, thing is, after years of Facebook making money from me, I unquestioningly sharing my content with them — photos, links, updates, blog posts — providing a whole swath of my friends something to look at and consequently generating a stack of new users for Facebook particularly early on, I was thanked with a form letter telling me essentially (a) my video was illegal, (b) that was my first of two strikes, and (c) they couldn’t be bothered to come up with a better strategy for dealing with ordinary users just sharing a movie with their friends apart from a vague threat of removing my account. As below:
We have removed your video entitled "Hello Disneyland" uploaded at 12:08pm March 11th, 2012. We did this because it appears to contain copyrighted material owned by a third party, such as a video clip or background audio. If you believe this material was removed by mistake, you may file a counter notice of alleged infringement by following the link below.
Please note that if you re-upload this video without filing a counter notice, or if you upload another video that infringes on the rights of a third party, we may remove the content. This could cause your access to the Facebook Video application, or your Facebook account itself, to be disabled.
To file a counter notice:
For any other questions, please view our Help page:
The Facebook team
This is contrast to the more reasonable — and demonstrating understanding that there may be some non-criminals among their customers who could make use of an alternate solution — Youtube notice of:
Your video “Disneyland Hello”, may have content that is owned or licensed by Teta Music Ltd, steve AATW, Kontor Records, Made in Etaly, Rebeat Digital GmbH, Kontor New Media, SME and Spinnin’ Records, but it\’s still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it.
This claim is not penalizing your account status. Visit your Copyright Notices page for more details on the policy applied to your video.
– The YouTube Team
So. Thanks a tonne, Facebook. If Google/Youtube can work out a compromise, why can’t you folks step it up and stop pinning crap on your users. I get this is a grey issue. I get that this is a tough issue. We all know copyright no longer works for the little guys. But at least pretend you’re not on a short corporate leash and remember most of your content — your existence — depends on fair play and sharing.
In the meantime… here is my sad excuse for a vacation video. Maybe. (And buy that song!)
And a PS: Thanks to the copyright owners for actually participating in a progressive program that tries to balance your deserved rights with other more draconian options. Credit where due.