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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fucking Fuckery Fuckbeans

FUCKITY FUCK FUCK FUCKING SHITBEANS MOTHERFUCKING DOUCHEBAG INTERNET FUCKS!

To clarify, I am angry.

I just discovered that my Bob Dylan's Facebook Song parody of Subterranean Homesick Blues was disabled by YouTube, on the basis of a claim by an organization called "Web Sheriff". Web Sheriff was hired by Prince - yes, he, the purple prince of trigger happy tight-arsery when it comes to copyright on the web - so in my view, right off, that doesn't put them in good or rational stead.

I was given no notice, I was given no warning. I now have two strikes against my account where I believe I have a reasonable defense as a blatantly obvious parody. You can search "Bob Dylan parody" and still find dozens of other homemade parodies of Bob Dylan songs, especially the Subterranean Homesick Blues. So WHY ME???

I haven't filed a counter-notice as yet but will do so as soon as I receive more information from either YouTube or Web Sheriff. I immediately sent this email to YouTube, prompting an automated response, and do not - as usual - reasonably expect anything other than that without filing a DCMA counter-notice.
To whom it may concern,

I have just today discovered that YouTube has had my highest viewed video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YETZnkOipzM - disabled on the basis of a copyright claim by a party known as "Web Sheriff". Not only do I think I have reasonable grounds to a defense on this particular video and there's been a second strike now put against my account, I'm offended that the video has trigger happily been taken down by a party that refuses to even reveal its proper name.

I seek nee
demand clarification and more information on this party - who hide behind another party's name - and has claimed copyright and their reasons for doing so.

I honestly believe that, while my video uses background music, it is ENTIRELY within the context of a parody of the original song and hence defended. It contains the instrumental backing of the original song, but contains none of the original music's lyrics or vocals - which have been parodied by myself rewriting and singing - and then to further establish the point of the parody contains entirely footage of myself parodying the original's video.

I request that YouTube promptly forward me their contact details and the details of their claim so that I may respond accordingly - if not to YouTube, then to the party "Web Sheriff" so I can seek clarification directly from them.

Sincerely,

James Tinniswood

FUCK. FUCKITY FUCK FUCK.

Also, what the fuck is up with Facebook chat? FUCK!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

WEB SHERIFF said...

WEB SHERIFF
Who You Gonna Call
Tel 44-(0)208-3238013
Fax 44-(0)208-3238080
websheriff@websheriff.com
www.websheriff.com

Hey James,

Thanks for your post (and for your mail) ... .. fyi - and as you'll see from threads on all of the main, Dylan forums - there has been a minor re-alingment of BD related clips on YouTube, insofar as, ahead of a re-launch of the official channel, official videos are being given prominence over unofficial / unauthorized / pirated clips ... .. this is not affecting fan videos en masse but, unfortunately, shall affect a small minority of clips (including 'yours') ... .. as for your 'parody' comments, this only applies where a small element of a copyright work is used and, where a substantial proportion is used, a 'derivative' - copyright - work is the result (the copyright owner being the original author / composer - not the person taking-the-mickey out of the original work !!) ... .. the clip in question also had a misleading title and should simply have stated that you were the 'artist'.

Hope the above provides some clarification and 'sorry' that your video was culled.

Best,

WEB SHERIFF