Thursday, July 06, 2006

But I'll Rebuild

Sigh. YouTube, in a DMCA-induced frenzy, has deleted all my video clips along with Thad's animator clips and many others.

I get why YouTube feels the need to remove complete cartoons and TV episodes (though I should note that I didn't post a complete cartoon or TV episode unless it was otherwise unavailable; the annoying thing about copyright "protection" is that it effectively entitles the copyright holder to keep something out of public view permanently), but they really went overboard with the indiscriminate deletion of people's accounts.

5 comments:

Mr. Semaj said...

They didn't take down my upload of "Thru the Mirror" yet, but they deleted my full, uncensored "Tortoise Wins by a Hare" for some ridiculously vauge copyright purpose.

What John K. and Mark Mayerson are saying is all correct. The whole reason we even use downloads is because the corporations are so reluctant to make good use of what they spend years, even DECADES retaining exclusive ownership to. We've seen so many classic Looney Tunes on the Internet, because they won't show them on Cartoon Network anymore, and they hardly promote their DVD releases.

This really isn't about us breaking the law (or what little their is to support that arguement). It's about a bunch of greedy sons-of-bitches who totally ignore the consumers' voices. They make things harder than they're supposed to be, and with this YouTube incident, they're still digging their own graves here.

Chicago Joe said...

To hell with YouTube (sob). I'm sorry to hear that, Jaime, because your videos were my favorite things to watch on that damn service, and I constantly was telling my friends to watch.

Sterfish said...

It really is a shame that many of the Looney Tunes (and other classic cartoons WB owns such as the MGM Tex Avery shorts) have been taken down from YouTube. I had really started to enjoy watching these cartoons now that I have a high-speed connection.

There is a part of me that's hoping that the only reason why WB went after the cartoons on YouTube is because they plan on streaming their classic cartoons online like they have done with some of their contemporary animated and live-action shows on AOL's In2TV service. But I bet we won't be so lucky.

Ultimately, it's just another example to show how studios just don't give a damn about classic animation. Disney, like WB, has pretty much relegated their classic shorts to DVD only. Other studios probably will never release what is in their collections and they may not even so much as sublicense them to companies that would be more than willing to. It's kind of sad that after generations and generations have grown up on these cartoons, the buck just might stop here.

Bill said...

The swine.

Anonymous said...

Hey, don't insult pigs. They star in many of the greatest cartoons.