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
The funny thing is at the Examiner website, my topic is Canadian music, which is a large and broad topic, however, I’m not allowed to write about anything else. This of course leaves out many great musicians/indie bands out there. So, I’ll use this blog to put up some cool new “foreign” music that I’m not allowed print at the Examiner.com/Canada.
You know that saying, “when you least expect it, you get it!”, well that saying goes far in explaining how I got introduced to this next band’s music. Normally, it’s myself trolling through the internet, music sites, listening to songs, looking for that group that just shines & sparkles. Oftentimes it’s few and far between. This time the band, found me on Twitter. I usually find my way listening to most of what people send me, but realistically I only time to write about a certain number of acts.
There are many ways to look at indie: just starting out & trying to find their sound; those that are starting to turn heads & have the talent, and are gigging like mad to make it (at this time they are pretty much ready); Indie/underground groups that have been around so long that they are very respected, but shameful they didn’t break through into the mainstream.
I would class the Junior League band in the second category, as they certainly are up and coming, but they bring a throwback roots/americana/country/acoustic sound. The Lissy Rosemount (the singer) stands out from the pack as her soulful voice that is truly unique, & the band has that polished sound that comes with many performances together. Anyway, you can check out their videos for yourselves. I chose: South Carolina Blues and Kiss You In The Morning b/c. they are more their “music videos”, the other clips are more raw performances.
Junior League Band- South Carolina Blues
Junior League Band – Kiss You In The Morning
If you want to see more, or leave a comment with them, check out these links:
Junior League Band’s Official Homepage: http://www.juniorleagueband.com/
Junior League Band’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/JuniorLeague
Junior League Band’s Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/juniorleagueband
Junior League Band’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/JrLeagueBand2
Dawn Langstroth exclusive article (The Examiner)
Written by: Jason Chu
The Examiner: article written by ~ Jason Chu
Dear New Celebrity Twitter users,
I mean this with the best intentions, but if you are fairly famous, and you haven’t gotten on Twitter already, you probably will have a bunch fakers with accounts posing as you. The trouble is, they will have a lot more followers than you. So how do you get yourself (the real celebrity) past the fakes you are posing as you, and get to be a “Verified account?”.
These tips and helpful hints are just observations I came across over my research (I used to write exclusively on Celeb Twitters). Also, I tried to put myself in “your shoes”, and realized that Twitter is not the easiest thing to use at first, so I can understand your dilemma.
The following tips are in random order:
a) If you are the real deal, you must know other “real deal” celebrities as friends. Contact them and see if they have a twitter account (doing this ensures you get their real account, and not follow a fake). Then start tweeting with those famous friends online. Most celebrities don’t tweet to regular folk so much, so to see a celeb tweet you shows that you could be who you say you are.
b) Following on point a) have your celeb friends tweet to their followers, “Hey everybody, you gotta follow my friend -insert your name here- cause they’re the best! (will get you a whole truckload of followers/being promoted by a celeb)
c) There are many applications to attach your twitter account with updates to another website to show up on the home page. So if you have a Myspace, Official Youtube channel, Facebook fan page, and your own home website, you can attach/link your new twitter badges to those webpages. It’s pretty much impossible for a “faker” to add their twitter to your official site (without your user/password), so if you did add your Twitter account to those pages, it would be strong proof that you are the “real deal”. On the other hand, you could just write the twitter account link on these pages, and that would work well too!
d) Contact the Twitter’s twitter –> @Twitter or look for an e-mail to contact them & verify who you are. To be honest, Twitter doesn’t seem to verify any celeb with less than 10,000 followers, so might have to employ regular tactics till than 🙂
e) Put up recent pictures – this will gain you a lot of followers. Celebrities currently favor Twitphoto, but some use Twitpic as well (just go to their websites and sign up). This is tricky! Any photo on the internet can be copied, and uploaded on Twitpic (probably Twitphoto too), this allows fakers to impersonate you further by using photos already out there on the net.
e2) For example, if you tweet: “In the studio working on blah blah song” and you take a picture in the studio, this will help prove you are not a fake (b/c. this photo wouldn’t be on google, and basically nobody could go in your studio and take a picture of you unless you okayed it). So the point is: take a picture that helps prove you are who you say you are, and put it up on Twitpic or Twitphoto.
f) If you’re into using U-stream or other forms of live video via internet, you can tweet this, & totally give your followers full belief it’s you b/c. why else would you tweet & than go & online for streaming video?
G) Talk about your upcoming projects, songs, shows, videos, whatever, but nothing that would be breaking confidentiality with your employer. What this does is builds trust between the fans & you. As well they’ll be like this must be who he/she says they are b/c. they keep giving this accurate info. So than fans retweet to their followers, and like a balloon needing helium, your twitter account will fly up in the air as the “real deal”.
H) If you do these things, I guarantee more people will believe you are the real celebrity account, and you will gain a fair number of followers, and you would have a better chance of getting verified (be pro-active and write @Twitter, or other twitter accounts.
O.k. that’s all I can think of right now, but if you want to reach me for further advice, you can reach me at:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
~ Jason Chu