I found the video above embedded in a blog post by Raoul Pop, a photographer whose blog I am subscribed to. It’s pretty interesting stuff and confirms an assumption I had come to a few months back when YouTube blocked one of my video uploads – a crappy ‘Rick Roll‘ April Fool. I don’t usually have any problems with copyright blocking because I use Creative Commons licensed material that is available on Jamendo.
They also expand on my assumptions, and I have to say that’s not only some pretty clever programming that YouTube have going on behind the scenes, but some very impressive, 21st century, forward thinking ideas they have on copyright infringement revenue generation. As opposed to the standard, backward thinking nonsense that most music industry ‘professionals’ have adopted.
Still, it’s not perfect, as you’ll have gathered if you read Raoul’s post on disputing the copyright claim on his video. Still, I’ve decided to give it a go and have gone through the dispute process on YouTube’s site (info) to see if I can get my Rick Roll video opened up to the public at large. I’ll report back on how that turns out.
Not long ago the original Rick Roll, along with dozens of imitations, was accidentally pulled by YouTube, who later suggested anyone who’d had their Rick Roll effort removed to dispute it. So I have cause for hope. On the other hand, I did include the whole Rick Astley video which might not go down well. Meh. I have the video on Vimeo anyway, and they don’t seem to employ YouTube’s high tech wizardry.