Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Why would you NOT want publicity?

October 6, 2009

In an earlier post I had a link to a you tube video of an iPhone app called Bionic Eye. Since then that video has been removed because of copyright violations but I have to wonder why.

Isn’t the whole point of the concept of viral marketing to get your video out there and have lots of people post it and talk about it? Why would you not want publicity?

Beats me how some of these companies survive at times.

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Ethics…

December 23, 2008

I was going to post a video the explained where the “All the right instructions, but not necessarily in the right order” text in my blog heading came from. I found a clip of the TV sketch it comes from on youtube but since videos sometime get deleted, I copied it and posted it on my own account so it would not get deleted. I also failed to acknowledge the original poster of the clip so I guess a double failing on my part.

OK, yes I know, totally bad/wrong whatever and the ‘owner’ of the clip was quick to jump on me for it (maybe he’s got nothing else to do but search for people ‘borrowing’ his clips, I don’t know). Anyhow, I deleted it from my youtube account but it I did get to wondering about the whole situation.

The clip in question is from an old BBC comedy series so the copyright to the video is probably owned by the BBC. This means that the person I ‘borrowed’ (OK, nicked) the clip from was already a copyright thief. Beats me how he (or she) then has the balls to go accusing me of stealing ‘his’ clip.

Like I say, I deleted the clip from my youtube account, who needs that kind of crap cluttering up the email in box. All the same it did get me wondering about copyright. If it was my own work, and yes I do have some, and someone filched it without my permission or without credit then yeah, I’d be pretty pissed about it I guess.

So anyway, a lesson learned, time to move on. I shall post on the origins of my byline some other time.