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YouTube TOS Violation?

  1. I've noticed that at least a couple of the YouTube videos I embedded have stopped working and now display a message saying that the video has been removed due to "terms of service" violations. They worked when I first embedded them. Can anyone explain how this works? Did I do something wrong? These were already on YouTube and I just copied the URL to place in the shortcodes in my posts.

    The blog I need help with is iwanticewater.wordpress.com.

  2. It's nothing you did it falls back on to the account holder for uploading a video that breaks the TOS the videos won't work ever again because You tube deleted them.

  3. Thanks t3ck. Man that hurts when the post was built around the video!

  4. I meant to ask about "rules of thumb" for avoiding this? The two vids I mentioned were both kind of old. One was a collection of shorts from Star Trek about how the show dealt with race relations, and the other was the trailer for Contact. Neither seems to really threaten anyone's pocketbook.

  5. Uh...the rule is, go to YouTube and search for related keywords. You'll probably find another iteration of the same thing.

    Some companies are better than others at enforcing these things universally; rarely, for instance, can you find any SNL online for more than a day.

    Since you don't know the terms under which each video is created, much less the terms under which it was uploaded, there's really no burden on you. Nor is there any way of avoiding it, because you can't look at a video and think, "Hey, this just looks like something somebody did years ago but who is suddenly realizing it's worth money and may come after me".

  6. Thanks rain. I was starting to have a lot of fun with the vids, but this definitely gives me pause. I was even starting to dream about what I could do with a better machine. But I'm not so sure now that I want to risk being on the other side of this issue.

  7. You're not exposed to risk of prosecution, just risk of losing the videos, to clarify. I frequently trawl through my old YouTube posts (I tag them YOUTUBE to make it easier) to make sure they're still there. Have to replace about one in three routinely.

  8. Wow, that many huh? I've categorized most of mine with YouTube as well (I stole that from you), but my machine is so slow that it's still a pain to go through them. :-(

  9. I think the bulk of the TOS violations are for copyright infringement. The entertainment companies and media outlets troll the video sharing sites constantly looking for violations.

  10. But YouTube also has an unfortunate habit of deleting first, asking questions later. There was that Aussie teen a year ago who got hundreds of videos deleted, even from major networks' accounts, just by claiming copyright. So the fact that something's been deleted doesn't mean it had no right to be there: some of the more controversial videos go up and down almost monthly.

  11. More Google Smoogle.

  12. But YouTube also has an unfortunate habit of deleting first, asking questions later. There was that Aussie teen a year ago who got hundreds of videos deleted, even from major networks' accounts, just by claiming copyright.

    Not to defend YT, and I'm not familiar with that case, but that's pretty much what the law requires. If a DMCA notice appears on face value to be valid, it has to be treated as such. That's why there's a counter-notice provision, and criminal charges for making a false claim.

    Now if YT didn't put the videos back up after a counter-notice or evidence that the notices were bogus, that's all their fault.

  13. They didn't: they actually deleted them entirely.

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