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Fri, May. 1st, 2009, 06:14 am
Ah, crap

I got the following message from YouTube:
Your video, Rattus's Exercise Video, may have audio content from The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang that is owned or licensed by UMG.

I was afraid this would happen, but I never found a song that suited the video half as well as that one. But I was bemused to see that it goes on to say that my video is blocked everywhere except in certain countries. I won't bore you with the whole list, but in addition to the Heard and McDonald Islands, it includes such copyright-hating countries as: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. In other words, the video is still available in pretty much every country that counts. (If you're in a country where this video is blocked, please let me know.)

The message goes on to say that "No action is required on your part." I'm inclined to agree. It does mean I get some annoying advertising on and around my video, but it's better than having it blocked entirely, yes?

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
schnee

I'm from a copyright-hating country, so I can still see it - no changes that I can see on the page, either, outside of a "Download This Song: [iTunes]" box.

As long as they don't delete it...

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
ponypig

yeay not blocked in the UK must admit I don't think I watched it with sound before, it goes well with it.

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
ultratails42

Just gives a buy this MP3 ad in the video and below it.

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
felix_carni

"This video is not available in your country." :(

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I knew there'd be some people who'd miss out. Finland, my own country of birth, doesn't make the grade either. If you can think of a creative commons (or otherwise unlikely to get challenged by copyright nazis) song that has the same beat and feel as The Bad Touch, I could try releasing an unencumbered version of this video. I'm kind of embarrassed by it now, it's so old.

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
colifox

it still amuses me that youtube (well ok, the copyright licensing twats) think that people will seriously go to a video someone has edited together on youtube purely to just extract an audio track for listening too...

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
aldi

I like the pop-up ad. It informs the viewer of the song title and performer, and it's easy to turn off by clicking the "x".

Also... DANG Rattus is cuuute!!

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
twigmouse

I think the availability has less to do with copyright hating countries and more to do with whether or not iTunes is licensed to sell that content in a given country.

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Yes, of course; I was only joking. I was trying to echo the idea of there being freedom-hating countries that was so popular during the Cold War.
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Fri, May. 1st, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
ozkangaroo

I had problems with 3 of my videos.

You are given the option to respond. I recommend you do so.

All I wrote was.
This video is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to make profit from the artist.
Full credit is given to the artist in the description and I'm happy to offer a link to the song on itunes or offer advertising space.

This worked for me and they let me keep all my clips up.

Good luck! :)

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
tursiae

Haven't they heard of "fair use"?