by Nino Leitner | 12th November 2015
Facebook is everywhere and continuously taking over other social networks, with Twitter activity in the filmmaking world noticeably dwindling in recent months and years. There seems to be no escape from the giant when it comes to media consumption, considering it’s already by far the largest photo hosting platform in the world. But they are not stopping there: Facebook recently announced that they reached 8 billion daily video views, which sounds impressive – but as YouTuber In a Nutshell points out in this new 5-minute video, 725 of the 1000 top Facebook videos were simply stolen from YouTube, totaling 17 billion views. Also, content that is hosted directly on Facebook gets preferred by their algorithm, meaning that these stolen videos get more eyeballs than posted YouTube links. Their autoplay feature already counts a video as a play after 3 seconds, and even without sound, which also explains the outrageously high number. Regular Facebook visitors will already have noticed the omnipresence of video content on the site which has really only become extremely prevalent over the past year or so. This is a huge issue for a billion dollar enterprise – Facebook is effectively making money off copyrighted content by serving ads around those videos. Every content creator should be concerned about this. While YouTube shares a tiny amount of its ad revenues with the content creators via its Partner Program which has created a vibrant ecosystem of YouTubers, Facebook does no such thing. In a Nutshell suggests to alert the original content creators of videos about reuploads to Facebook as one way of action against the social media giant’s bad practices. Another one would be to comment below the reuploaded video and post the link to the original source, pointing out that it has been stolen (or “freebooted”, a term which has come up about this form of theft). Last but not least also watch this video by Smarter Every Day, a very popular YouTuber, and his own personal experience with the problem. What else can be done against this behavior? Let us know in the comment section! via PetapixelRead more
by Tim Fok | 5th June 2014
The announcement of Vimeos new copyright match system has been quite a hot topic recently. The feature prevents use of all public audio content hosted by Vimeo without an appropriate license or successful appeal for fair use. Many people who follow procedures and license their music properly may wonder exactly how this affects them, so audio online resource The Music Bed has come forward to explain the process of ensuring a fuss free workflow. Firstly, if you haven’t already read up on Vimeo’s new policy, please visit their blog here. With properly licensed music, fortunately the process is quick and easy. Here’s a step-by-step guide from The Music Bed. 1. Upload your video to Vimeo 2. If public, it will be scanned for copyrights. 3. If content is flagged, you will see an option to submit an appeal. 4. Simply submit the unique transaction ID found on your The Music Bed license agreement (downloadable with every music purchase) 5. Your video will go live as soon as your appeal is submitted, and stay live while it is being reviewed. The latter point is key; your video will remain live whilst under review. This means there will be no downtime between submitting your proof of license and it being accepted. However, it is yet to be seen how other music licensed from other services will be handled. I’ve since spoken with host of other audio library based websites asking what their process is with the new Vimeo policy. Marmoset has confirmed the same protocol; entering a unique user ID will be suffice for Vimeo to view that the correct license is in place. However with Marmoset a flag is less likely, since Marmoset is a primarily an exclusive licensing entity, and very few of their artists will have their catalogs registered with the audio scanning system. It will take a bit of teething, but soon this process will be second nature to all. On first announcement of the new policy, it was a large concern that scanning private videos as well as public content would be detrimental to many workflows involving client previews and unlicensed music. Fortunately Vimeo responded very quickly and announced that private videos (as well as uploaded content previous to the new policy) will not be scanned. Also, a Vimeo member of staff will carry out all appeals, and not an automated service. It’s this flexibility and personal execution that should help the transition of this policy run smoothly. We’re sure there might be hick-ups in the beginning, but it’s nice to see Vimeo handle this in a very Vimeo-style (meaning: personal and friendly) manner.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 12th June 2013
[See Update below – Nitsan got his account back! – click here to jump down] Nitsan Simantov is a young filmmaker and avid video reviewer of filmmaking gear. You might have seen his work before as he posted over 200 video reviews on YouTube over the course of about 3 years, with a total of half a million views. It has happened to others before, and this time it was Nitsan: YouTube has terminated his account without prior notice or proper explanation. If you head over to what used to be his YouTube channel, it says, “This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.” According to Nitsan, he never knowingly broke the rules anywhere, and I believe him that thinking back to all of his videos I saw.Read more
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