A quick but necessary rant.
In June 2006, I started a YouTube page under my now common moniker “Chodidee”. It was fun, and my friends and I put up goofy videos to amuse ourselves, etc.
When it got to 2008, I decided to focus my YouTube channel away from myself and random activities with friends, but to streamline it as a music video site.
Not only that I focussed only on “Live performance/concert” video clips. This was good and bad. It was good because it was a niche that needed filling, and bad because of YouTube’s growing concern with copyright infringement.
At the beginning, I admit I copied some live performance videos and re-posted them (wouldn’t happen now because of their high tech software to match identical videos).
I also admit, that did get 2 warnings for copyright infringement, which equals 2 strikes out of a 3 strike policy. I believe one of the strikes was on a David Letterman show – singer performance. I don’t have a problem with that, I live and I learn from my mistakes!
So, in a determined effort to change, I re-focused my YouTube channel again in 2009 to reflect my live performance videos of local & national indie music artists (who need the exposure). Actually, I was developing a faithful and growing fan base from my over 120+ videos that I shot and edited. (Ex: interviews, concerts, etc.)
Imagine my shock & dismay when YouTube suspended (same as terminated) my account after a 3rd copyright infringement charge. There is no questions asked, or any way to appeal the decision (I tried). Total totalitarian video website governance on something that can easily be fixed.
Seems, an old video from 2008 (during my video re-copying days) was the culprit that I was charged and sentenced with. My YouTube page is gone & obliterated over what?
It was an indie music artist I happen to like his music and respect his work and messages. He also someone I have had contact with online in the past couple years. The artist mr.j.medieros and his video “Constance” was counted as copyright infringement.
The only reason I wanted to put his video on my page was to give it more exposure, exposure that I feel the artist deserved.
I’m upset because my only recourse was in submitting a 200 character reply as to why there was a mistake/deserve your site back. Clearly not enough to say it in.
I’m disappointed because I put untold hours upon hours making that YouTube page better and more relevant to my demographic – indie music fans. Actually, many articles have used my videos in stories that were published, and now are empty shells.
I haven’t decided if I’m going to start a new YouTube page yet, because it seems so stupid that for someone who made the changes and tried to follow the rules after I made mistakes, is penalized for something that happened in this way before (I forgot the mr.j.medeiros video was still on my roster of 220+ videos).
YouTube doesn’t care whatever what I think, but it is a complete idiot policy that their is no recourse when you have a valid claim. I’ve lost untold hours of work, for this mix up.
Do you really think I would film, edit, upload over 100 HD videos of mine, and spent that much time, if I wanted to test YouTube’s patience and get kicked out with strike three? Obviously not, horrible lesson learned..
I’m sure there are thousands of other voices who have similar experiences to this simplistic YouTube page killing system. I’d love to hear your opinions because even though it’s been a few months now, it still sickens me…
I keep to saying to myself, what’s the point of putting up blogs that are rants? And basically, if I feel myself justified in making the claim/charge, and it will help me feel better & deal with what happened…then why not?
I know that I don’t blog very much nowadays (because I’m always trying to up the content on my other sites), however, occasionally I see thinks that “spike” me into writing a reply.
I woke up today Sun. May 23rd, 2010 & I saw 2 things in the Sunday Entertainment section of the Toronto Star (the biggest newspaper in Canada) that struck my attention.
1) The top 10 music sellers according to Nielsen Soundscan for May 10 – 16th. Out of the top 10, at least 4 of those artists/bands I would count as indie music artists.
Actually #1 was an artist named Charice (real name Charice Pempengco) who gained her fame with talent, severe heavy hitter music biz backing & Oprah show.
2) There is a feature article on a couple pages later on Toronto indie music artist, Darrelle London. She has apparently been gathering steam, as her music caught the eye of Perez Hilton (signed with his music label), and she’s getting a big push with her album’s upcoming release “Edible Word Parade”.
WHY AM I BLOGGING ABOUT THIS??
1) Basically, I’m trying to show my point, that indie artists in many cases…crack the top selling charts. Meaning, in many cases, major music selling stars, get their start as indie artists. Not tons of them, but there are lot’s of them. As well Lady Gaga (who is on the list but I didn’t count as Indie), well about 2-3 years ago, Gaga was a New York City indie artist nobody heard about…
Charice Pempengco – I’ve known about this teenage super pop vocalist for awhile on YouTube. She’s had the backing of mega producer David Foster, and her YouTube videos can give you chills with her singing ability. Now, of course getting Oprah’s seal of approval with an invite on her show, cannot hurt an artist’s chances…
2) Darrelle London – I knew about her too…why I wrote a feature on her over a month ago. The Star article says all this good fortune is coming her way, which it is, however, she was instrumental in that happening. She contacted Perez Hilton, she sends her music to anyone she thinks would be interested (like me), basically she makes her own chances, and I happy for her successes (like getting on 90210) soundtrack.
My closing statement is that if you have a good ear (or write about music all the time), know what quality/talented artists/music sounds like, you will generally have heard of the “Breaking New Music Artists” way before they have broken into the mainstream (you aren’t surprised!).
For example,Stefani Germanotta, now known as Lady Gaga, performing at Ultraviolet Live, NYU’s annual talent show. She ended up coming in 3rd place. 2nd place was Funky Butter. 1st place was Tom Costello & Stephan Magloire. I think this was 2006…
Lady GaGa before she was famous…
~Jason a.k.a. Chodidee
My first article with Examiner.com! I’m pretty excited because it has taken a long time to get to this point. I can’t wait to cover music exclusively, and I will continue to write my blogs (thoughts & stuff I can’t put down for Examiner – here). It’s a busy next few months, seeing shows, networking, doing interviews, and staying ahead the tech/social media game so that I can be effective at what I’m trying to do. And that is to be a respected writer online or otherwise, writing great articles with cool pictures, and links!
Here my 1st article with Examiner.com
It’s about a Canadian Indie Music Festival called Bridgestock 09′. Check it out! http://lnk.ms/1bGdT
~ Jason Chu
This will just be a quick recap of the songs I chose in my weekly Top 10 Countdown article at Tweeple Magazine (http://www.tweeplemagazine.com). There is one difference, this recap will include embedded links of videos, so you will see visually the bands/artists before you click on the video. Enjoy! ~ Jason
Jason’s Top 12 Underground/Indie/Unsigned Songs of the Week
1. “Hello Goodbye” – Jonathan Clay @iamjonathanclay (Acoustic/Indie/Folk Rock) ~ Austin, Texas http://www.myspace.com/jonathanclay
2. “Stand on Me” – Anna Gilbert @AnnaGilbert (Indie/Pop/Ambient) ~ Eugene/Nashville, Oregon http://www.myspace.com/annagilbert
3. “Krumbsnatcha Do It For You” – Tone Spliff (Hip Hop/Rap/Turntablism) ~ Utica, New York http://www.myspace.com/tonespliff
4. “How Sweet You Saved Me” – Jennifer June (Electroacoustic/Indie/Folk) ~ Montreal, Quebec, Canada. http://www.myspace.com/jenniferjune
5. “Born and Raised” – Alexisonfire @aof_official (Hardcore/Rock/Indie) ~ St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada http://www.myspace.com/alexisonfire
6. “Love Is All” – mr.j.medeiros @mrjmedeiros feat. Tara Ellis (Hip Hop) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/mrjmedeiros
7. “Bitten Off” – Jessy Moss (Electro/Punk/Pop Funk) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/jessymosscom
An older song, but new to me, so I included it!
8. “Motor Music” – Finale prod. Black Milk (Hip Hop/Visual/Soul) ~ Detroit, Michigan http://www.myspace.com/finale
9. “O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Dancing)” – Ultraviolet Sound @UVS, @sarahhudson (Electro/Pop/Hip Hop/Dance) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/ultravioletsound
10. “Young Lady” – N’dambi @Ndambi (R&B/Alternative/Funk) ~ Dallas/Los Angeles, Texas http://www.myspace.com/ndambi
11. “Remove the Blindfold” – Kill The Mockingbird @ktmwire (Metal Core) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/killthemockingbird
12. “Celebrated (Radio Edit)” – 4TrakZ (Electro/Experimental/Pop) ~ Lyon, France http://www.myspace.com/4trakz
A short 4TrakZ clip from “Inauguration – Nuit Sonores 2009″ performance in Lyon, France.