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Sun, Nov. 13th, 2011, 03:23 pm
Update to the crow-eating rat

BeatPick never passed on the message I sent Dhruva Aliman about his music being on Rumblefish (another black mark to BeatPick), but Dhruva did find my LJ post and sent me a nice message on YouTube assuring me he did upload his music to Rumblefish himself, so that's alright then. I was a bit worried when I saw so many of BeatPick's artists also on Rumblefish. But it does mean, in spite of how much I'm in favour of Dhruva and other artists making revenue from their work (and how much I love his song), that I can't use his music because I hate having advertising overlaid on my videos*. It's not like my video is getting anything like the views it would need to earn him any revenue anyway.

He did point out though that the down side of winning the rat race is that you're still a rat. Funny. I never saw that as a down side myself. :)

* Having said that, if any of my videos did go viral I'd be a hypocrite and set up advertising on it myself. I'm allowed to make a little on side, aren't I?

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)

I'm glad you were finally able to touch base with Dhruva to have his side of the story.
I also hope he's now aware that every other source for his music is similarly affected and limited due to Rumblefish's contract with Google.

As far as advertising goes, I'm fine with the little pop-up boxes that show up at the bottom of the video as long as there's a few seconds of lead-in to the video so I have a chance to close it before I miss anything. On top of that, you should have the advertising on there BEFORE it goes viral so that you benefit from all the hits rather than tacking on the ad after people are done with it and have moved on to the next thing. :)

What it really boils down to for me is that the ad should be the video poster's choice, not forced, and certainly not forced based on a small portion of the video content.

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)

P.S. Continuing that last thought, what if multiple different companies contracting with Google had content forced advertising on a particular video? Would the revenue only go to the first one that shows up? Random selection? Even distribution? Distribution based on time content percentage? What a mess...

P.P.S. I hope he also understands that for people who pay for licenses at other sites for his music, they are being hit with a double-whammy of forced advertising on top of the licensing costs that were already paid.

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)

Google is evil. I don't like or trust them. I only use their services if there are no alternatives.

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)

Rats are yucky.   ;P