This is a very good video from a guy who does game reviews on YouTube. Now I don’t care about games, but this video is about the truly fucked up system where people who make videos are guilty until proven innocent. All someone has to do is say, “Hey! He’s using my copyrighted material!” And the video gets blocked. The situation is completely unacceptable. And it’s interesting because if three videos get blocked in this way, YouTube takes the channel down. But there appears to be no three strikes rule for the copyright holders. They can just throw out spurious claims, have them overruled, and nothing bad ever happens to them.
As you probably know, I am very unhappy with our copyright system. It is screwed up and I say that as someone who is nominally protected by copyright. Here are a few of the articles I’ve written on the subject:
Copyright: Forever Less One Day
Our Failed Copyright System In Not MLK’s Fault
Defining GDP Up
Vague Patent Trolling
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Copyright Reform
Winners Always Win
Corporations are Rarely Creators
Copyright is for Wimps
Andrew Keen’s Big Bait and Switch
But check out this video because it is important stuff. And he’s giving the profits from it to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.