*Some companies must stop violating the rights of YouTube uploaders like me – Luchanik. I uploaded a video that I recorded on August 15, 2015 on Indian Independence Day in Los Angeles showing Raveena Tandon and how she was made upset towards the end of the show. I noticed at least four different organizations that uploaded my video who did not give me any credit for the video. That is wrong – plain wrong, in fact it is unethical, and illegal, especially in this country – the USA.
I filed a copyright claim against a certain company who are giants on YouTube and mostly show Bollywood material – of course Raveena Tandon is a Bollywood actress – a mega-star, so of course they might have wanted my material – they have 165,000 or so subscribers, while I only have 137 subscribers or so. Is it fair that they should be able to upload my video without giving me credit? No? Was it the right thing for me to do to notify YouTube? Yes, I think it was the right thing to do.
Obviously, they did not like it as YouTube took the video down. A certain company counter-claimed, and said their upload came under “fair use” because they uploaded less than 20 seconds. I think the video was much more than 20 seconds that they uploaded. I was then given 10 days to go to court to protect my rights, however, why should I have to go to these efforts – YouTube should be able to protect my rights. Obviously, it was evident that I posted the video first – I uploaded it on August 16, 2015 and a certain company uploaded it on August 21st. I responded to YouTube, and said I would not take it to court, and that it is my content, but if they feel they wish to reinstate it – it is up to them. A certain company then filed another counter claim against me, saying that they made the video and not me! This is devastating, and absurd!
Guess what silly thing they did that YouTube let them get away with and no wonder my video got taken down! Their video begins with _g, their full link is (now deleted the reference) and mine begins with =6, my full link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Quv0W2Scg see screenshots (now taken down the screenshots too) of both videos which are currently down. Well, they claimed their video was my video beginning with =6, how could it be? The link is unique to the uploader, and they can’t now claim to be me – luchanik! No wonder, YouTube took my video down, because they were basically saying it was their video. I think it is a bot or something that deals with these complaints so if someone claims on the Complaint Form that their video is a certain link, the bot is not intelligent enough to say “Hey, you can’t possibly have that link” – this is what should have happened, but didn’t, and they got away with it. So the next thing I knew was on Friday, September 18th, I got an early morning email from YouTube that my video had been taken down and that I had received a copyright strike! If you get three copyright strikes, you can lose your account. This is my first copyright strike, and if I had copied someone’s material, then I can understand that I deserved it, but I didn’t copy anyone’s material – this was mine. Talk about a rude awakening! How can this be? I made the video, I was there in Los Angeles – not a certain company!
As you can see, these people are playing nasty! I don’t like injustice. I like to speak up when someone is unfair. Now, these people “a certain company”, (sorry, but I wanted to delete reference to their website and name again) – are giants on YouTube and I am a small person, so it is the giants against me.
If they are the Rightster, am I the Wrongster, I ask you? It’s like a song….I next want to say – Who Is The Monster? That’s just me rhyming! But really, wouldn’t it make a great song?
Here’s their link that shows their video begins with _g
Here’s my video, which shows my link begins with =6
Here’s a link to a video that I made showing me hold my smartphone with one hand, so that I could record myself in front of the mirror showing you with the other hand my camcorder with the footage of August 15th. It’s just my proof, and I may not have video taped myself in the best way possible in order to achieve my goal of showing the proof, but I did the best I could. I have nothing to fear, I have the footage? Do they have the footage on a camcorder or SD Card? I seriously doubt it. Here’s the proof – or my attempt to show it. I just made a video showing the proof – with me holding the camcorder with the footage playing, here it is:
(video has been removed by me so you can’t see it anyway)
Also, read this link to see just how hard some people have it with Copyright Notices on YouTube. The system needs to improve – a lot. If we upload to YouTube, make it fair for us, not unfair! Some of these people who file copyright claims will repeatedly do it to irritate the complainant, and I sincerely hope this doesn’t happen. I don’t want to spend all my time and energy on this – I have so much else that i can do with my life!
I sent YouTube a different video that is private and just for them to see with the footage from my camcorder on the day when I got the horrible email. I also had to go to Copyright School in order to get some access back to my account, and I had no problem answering all 4 questions because I answered them honestly – the questions were something like “Do you know it’s wrong to steal someone else’s content?” Well, how did the other guys answer the questions? Obviously dishonestly! They must have lied because they obviously copied my content and lied again about the link which caused YouTube to take down my video. I am indignant that I had to go to Copyright School – this whole thing is absurd. Someone, please help me! Or YouTube, please just reinstate my video. If you ever see that it is down again after/if it comes up, remember that these so called “Rightster’s” will probably try to irritate me again. I already am expecting it, and ready to fight them again.
I really hope that YouTube puts my video back up, because this isn’t fair! These big giant companies can’t go around playing unfair games with small people like me, thinking they can get away with it. I also hope that the copyright strike goes away, and what about an apology from YouTube and one from a certain company? I’ve a feeling that’s not going to happen. I guess this is what happens when you make a video that kind of goes viral! You pay the price – not nice!
Update as of September 22nd, 2015 – my video was reinstated! Yeah!!!! So, it should have been, after all it was all mine – 100%. This situation has been resolved amicably, but I wish I didn’t have to write this post and make a video showing proof, which I have subsequently taken down now – there was no point in leaving that up anymore. Is there a point in leaving this post up? For right now, I think it’s educational more than anything else or at least hopefully. In hindsight right after writing this update, I decided to take out all reference of the name of the company that caused me a lot of problems.
* I changed all reference to the company previously named since I don’t want to remain bitter about this any more.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.