Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,

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YouTube, Copyright, and Me

I've been brooding unhappily about my fanvid that was blocked from YouTube last week, and I've read a fair amount of stuff online about fandom and "fair use," and I decided to contest the copyright claim. I doubt it will have any effect, and I predict that my video will continue to be blocked (and I may get some kind of meaningless strike against my disposable account for submitting the dispute claim), but I want to at least express my opinion and give it a try. I'd like to be able to make fanvids (since I've been enjoying doing it), and I'd like to do it in an aboveboard way. There are literally thousands of BtVS vids on YouTube, and many of them have been up for years, so I can't help imaging that there must be some way to work things out. Perhaps it's just a question of standing up to the robots that ding everything Buffyish & pointing out that this particular video is a transformative work, rather than a simple reposting of the material they're selling. I'm willing to try.

The argument I sent to YouTube re: the blocking of my BtVS fanvid is this:
I used small pieces of the visual content from many diverse episodes of this television show, clipped them, edited them, combined them, arranged them, and set them to a previously unrelated piece of music in such a way as to produce a transformative piece of art, which is permitted by law.

Ah well. I don't have a lot of hope, but I figure it's worth standing up and saying what I think about my own rights, rather than just passively feeling bad that someone smacked me down … and giving up immediately on something I want because I believe I can't win. If nothing else, this is probably good for my own personal growth and assertiveness.

So … yay me! Even if I lose, yay me!
Tags: asking for stuff, assertiveness, conflict, creativity, fair use, fandom, fanvids, injustice, videos, youtube

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