There's a first for everything, right?
Got my first copyright strike. Guess I'm initiated into YouTube-dom now, eh? But I can't help but feel a little saddened by the experience. There's so much badness on both sides that the system isn't helping to resolve.
Like, for instance, did you know there are companies that you can entrust your homemade videos with that will pay you every time it's viewed? It's an agreement between the company and the creator about monetization profits- when the video is viewed, the viewer watches an add (or more), and the video makes a small profit. That profit is divided in some way (it varies with the company) between them (the company that uploads the video, and presumably markets it as well), and the creator.
As wonderful as that sounds, it doesn't account for a lot of things. Like, for instance, adblockers. Or fair use, where the content is technically changed from the original in some way. Nor does it take into consideration other platforms (like Reddit...) where monetization is a very different beast.
And nothing seems to take into account the whimsical nature of the internet, and its meta-dimensional rules as far as time~ like how a 5 year old video still protected by a 100+ year copyright is technically considered "old" by internet standards.
For right now, the video in question is exactly the way I uploaded it- I've disputed the claim on the basis of fair use. Whether that's enough to keep the snippet in or not, it's really all I can do.
Of course, if that's not enough, I could appeal. And if this were a fluke incident, then that would sound like a good plan. But... r/ videos are special.
Reddit does its best to monitor reposts and copyrighted material, but it's still a veritable minefield of trolls and copyright. Any "r/" video risks the possibility that one or more posts will be removed for some violation unbeknownst (and non-intuitive) to the one recording. Without a team to review all the posts, there's simply no way for me to avoid another copyright claim. And disputing, appealing, or otherwise fighting all of them could get ridiculous at some point.
While this is only one claim strike, it doubles as a warning that more are inevitable to follow.
From now on, there's the very real possibility that my videos will need to be edited after uploading to cut out any copyrighted material I couldn't foresee issues with. While it pains me to do this, the alternatives don't sound very appealing at this time.
Maybe in the future, Awdvocato will move away from "r/" videos entirely- depending on the frequency of these copyright strikes overall, it may see a better idea than muddling through pockmarked videos stripped of various content due to copyright shrapnel. Hopefully you all, my viewers will find some enjoyment along the way. Let me know your thoughts about copyright claims, neutered videos and "r/" videos in general!
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