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?
There is a saying that goes, “You can talk about everything except, religion, money, and politics.” Of course, this statement is in regards to avoiding confrontation, arguments, and emotionally charged conversations. Therefore, if these topics are avoided, and you err on the safe side, everybody goes home happy.
As usual, Hollywood, and more specifically reality stars don’t play by those rules. In this case, Heidi Montag, star of MTV’s the Hills, has been tweeting about her personal faith in Jesus. She is a born again Christian, and there’s even talk of her releasing a Christian album, however, that’s not the point.
The funny thing is that online media articles related to Heidi’s faith question her being a born-again Christian because of her provocative dress in music videos and television. Now let me share that I am a born-again Christian, have been for over 11 years, and I believe very strongly that Heidi’s recent tweets show that she IS a Christian beyond doubt through her words. Yet, the online media is also correct in that it is by one’s actions that you can tell if someone is a Christian through his/her lifestyle and choices.
Media is too quick to judge and label people based on their past. I believe that change is possible, and that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt can grow and change like anyone else. Interestingly though, it seems Perez Hilton felt he needed to jump into Heidi’s and Spencer’s tweets and diss them about their faith. So Heidi and Spencer are Christians, they like to tweet about it, do they need approval from Perez Hilton for how to tweet their faith on Twitter?
Sometimes I wonder, if Perez will ever stay out of the fray, and just leave some celebrities alone. He either loves or hates a celebrity, nothing in between. For crying out loud, Perez Hilton was invited to and went to Heidi and Spencer’s wedding on April 25th, 2009. Now, barely 2 months later, he is insulting both of them, their faith, and unfollowing Heidi on Twitter over her profession of faith! Perez Hilton, that is shameful and classless, but I guess you’re just being you?
The funny thing is I do have a small measure of respect (decreasing daily though) for Perez because I think he is actually being true to himself by dissing celebrities and having the guts to be confrontational with them through his speech and writing. If he were faking nice it would be worse because he be acting dishonest and not himself. I’ve thought to myself, “What is the appeal of Perez Hilton?” The best answer I could think of was that some people out there, who dislike celebrities and their status, enjoy seeing someone who has celebrity clout (Perez), lash out and put the celebrities in their places.
The thing is he is clearly abusing his power and celebrity influence by believing “whatever he says/thinks…is right!” I know for a fact that there was a “Unfollow Perez Hilton” campaign that was spreading on Twitter after his shameful insult of MJ at the time of his death, but it actually hasn’t changed anything with his twitter account. Checking tonight, I saw that he’s actually gone and added over 10,000 viewers in the past week! Sad that there isn’t any consequences for his behaviour!
In today’s internet online world, people seem to forgive and forget quite fast. In the past, individual celebrities were never bigger than the Entertainment industry itself, and there always seemed to be a class to Hollywood, even if it was an “old boys club”. Now, anything goes, with the advent of reality shows like punk’d, Jackass, Wildboyz, etc., braking down that notion of class. It’s no longer necessary for celebrities to have class or decency to become a celebrity or star. On the other hand, it’s the opposite with things like scandal, sex tapes, paparazzi moments as sufficient to rubber stamp celebrity status. It’s no wonder that I like covering musicians more…because they at least need to know how to sing (not a fan of autotune singers), play an instrument, dance, and write/compose music before anyone in the industry will take them seriously. I digressed, sorry.
Being a Christian does not mean you are perfect, as Perez is trying to fry Heidi and Spencer for not being, but at least I found a picture with Spencer and Heidi serving pizza to the homeless at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown L.A. (May 20th, 2009). I looked for pictures with Perez serving the community and only found pictures with him hanging out with celebrities…that’s it.
Jesus already won!!!!!!! Eternal life is what we need to worry about! not this life!!! I pray Jesus will protect you all!!!!!1:22 PM Jun 28th from web
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one7:23 PM Jun 28th from mobile web
Jesus loves you and was sent from heaven to die on the cross for you sins so that you may have eternal life!!2:21 PM Jun 29th from web
He answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.9:06 PM Jun 29th from web
And love your neighbor as you love yourself.'” Matthew 22: 379:10 PM Jun 29th from web
You can make a difference! Follow your dreams, with God all things are possible!!9:27 PM Jun 29th from web
Im going to start a woman’s biblestudy!9:30 PM Jun 29th from mobile web
good morning! im so excited to be alive today! Praise the Lord!!12:55 PM Jun 30th from web
Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”2:07 PM Jun 30th from web
the churches are being taken over! Christians speak out!! spread the news about Jesus before its too late!3:23 PM Jun 30th from mobile web
praise Jesus! life is such a blessing!9:20 AM Jul 1st from mobile web
Jesus loves you!about 4 hours ago from mobile web
eres no king but King Jesus!about 4 hours ago from mobile web
A few tweets from Spencer Pratt: @spencerpratt
i’m on fire for the Lord! It hit me like a bunker buster how much evil this planet is up against and i am no longer standing in the dark9:18 PM Jun 28th from web
i want the peace of Christ in my life overflowing to others! so if it bothers you on all my tweets i just said a prayer for you!9:29 PM Jun 28th from web
Seek God’s will in every decision. Pray. Turn to the scriptures. Seek the advice of godly friends. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.9:33 PM Jun 28th from web
starting today i am living my life 180 degrees different then i have for the last 25 years!1:52 PM Jun 29th from web
i deleted any bookmarks on my computer and iphone that take my focus in life away from what matters!1:53 PM Jun 29th from web
i have wasted so much time and energy on fame and pop culture with nothing but millions of haters to show for it!1:54 PM Jun 29th from web
i hope i can inspire anyone to realize that at any time in your life its not to late to change your direction and purpose1:56 PM Jun 29th from web
i hope all my followers can forgive me for all the negative energy i put in the media with all my evil quotes and statements1:58 PM Jun 29th from web
my life from here on out is the LORD, my wife, and my country!!!!! For me these are the only things worth living and dying for!2:00 PM Jun 29th from web
~ Jason Chu (@Chodidees)