August 2nd, 2011

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Rattus Joins the Rat Race

Brand new Rattus video!

Rattus Joins the Rat Race from Marko T. Rat on Vimeo.

Note that I'm linking to the one on Vimeo. I uploaded it in parallel to both YouTube and Vimeo, but YouTube have slapped a content ID match from some group I've never heard of called rumblefish, even though I took care to only use Creative Commons music and abide by the CC rules. I've lodged a dispute with YouTube, but then I end up with this stupid message:

Your dispute is still awaiting a response from these content owners:
Entity: rumblefish Content Type: Sound Recording

Rumblefish may (or may not) own legitimate content, but they have nothing to do with my video and shouldn't be the ones who get to decide whether they do or not!
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Why I will no longer post to YouTube

Last night I left my computer uploading a new Rattus video to YouTube, one I'd been working on since December last year and my first HD video of Rattus. Because I didn't want to give the copyright trolls any gristle to work with, I took care to only use music released under Creative Commons and to abide by any CC licensing requirements. But when I checked it this morning I found YouTube had content ID matched part (or all) of the soundtrack to Rumblefish. At first I thought YouTube's automated content matcher had made a mistake and I disputed the claim, but Harvard showed me different. Rumblefish was supposed to be a service letting small indie creators like myself add copyrighted music to their videos at a nominal cost, but they have been adding Creative Commons music to their catalogue which YouTube then picks up and overlays advertising on otherwise royalty-free videos to pay rumblefish's royalties (and no doubt claim a share of the advertising revenue themselves). This is the last straw. I will not be party to letting a third party make revenue from other creators' work without paying anything back or value adding in any way. Better creators than me have already deserted YouTube and I know I will not be the last. How many do they need to lose until they care? Google have a delicate balancing act to play with copyright holders, but in this case they slipped and missed the net. Creators release their work under Creative Commons for a reason: so it can be distributed as widely as possible. Rumblefish, whether intentionally or not, is restricting that without paying anything back.

In future, the most I will upload to YouTube are teasers directing viewers to my Vimeo account.