I want to publicly thank a reader of this blog and viewer of my YouTube videos for contacting me recently to let me know about a nefarious ne’er-do-well who found a way to download one of my videos from my YouTube channel and upload it on her YouTube channel. That was bad enough, but that idiot also allows advertising on her videos, which generates income for her for each video view. Further, she superimposed a web link to some website that sells boots — probably because she receives a kickback on that, too.
E-thieves like that are among the lowest of the low on the Internet. They’re too lazy to create their own videos, so they steal others.
My friend advised me how to report this activity to YouTube as a copyright violation by clicking on the “flag” and following the reporting routine, which involves a two-step process.
I also noticed that this nutjob stole three other YouTube users’ videos and uploaded them on her channel, too. What an extreme example of having no moral character whatsoever.
Following my friend from Vancouver’s example (the guy who reported this thievery to me), I notified the three other users about this e-thief’s actions, and encouraged them to report the copyright infringement. When you do that, YouTube will take your video off the other person’s channel. Hopefully, if enough of us report her actions to YouTube, then the powers-that-be from YT will cancel her account entirely and (hopefully) ban her from creating another channel ever again.
Best punishment, I think, would be to force this woman to watch 100 hours of the worst possible videos that appear on YouTube. Each of us who have been violated can nominate 20 hours of mandatory viewing. Ha! Only wish that could happen in reality.
Listen: if you like someone else’s video, write a positive comment on it on their video comment area and if you really like it a lot, then pay the ultimate compliment by making your own version of it and uploading it to your channel. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
But don’t go stealing other people’s work, and allowing revenue-generating arrangements with it. That’s just being a scumbag.
By the way, even though I have had numerous offers from YouTube, I will not accept any form of advertising or revenue-generation to be associated with my YouTube channel. I am not on YT to make money, and the money generated is so little, anyway, it’s not worth putting your viewers through all that aggravation. (That’s why I seldom watch any videos that have a “first watch this ad” start-up. If I see that, I close it. I don’t put up with forced advertising. And you won’t see that on this blog, either, ever!)
Life is short: have ethics and actually behave that way.