Received a message from the guys at real.video/, offering me a "VIP" channel on their upcoming service. They say they can handle over one billion views per month.
While I still think they will find it very hard to gain serious bandwidth (in comparison to YouTube), I actually like to see investors are exploiting the biz opportunities that sprang up when YouTube decided to go down censorship alley.
Maybe YouTube's monopoly for Free2Watch ad financed content is coming to an end. It would be well deserved.
Seems like the new EU copyright directive, including the potentially disruptive articles 11 and 13, have passed the EU legislative committee. A lot of people now think terrible things will happen. I am actually undecided in that matter. As a content creator, I have little to no tolerance for thieves. Several of my videos are posted under creative commons, and those are free to use for everyone. But the others, not so much. I have access to YouTube's ContentID system, which is exactly what the new directive wants every major hosting site to employ in the future. It works. About 2000 (!) illegal reuploads of my videos have been found. There is NO WAY I could have done that by myself, using "Search". But of course many of my videos have been reuploaded to OTHER platforms, like Facebook. I tried to get some of them taken down, it is impossible. This is a source of frustration to me. Of course there is "fair use", and I respect that. In many cases I have released my claim because of fair use. But it is MY decision, and that is the right approach I think. Why am I undecided? Well, it is one thing to install such a filter on a single platform. But how will Facebook check if a video was uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or Pornhub beforehand? Frankly I don't see that working. What is YOUR opinion in this regard?
Have been busy for some time, as I am going back to my old job. So sadly I am now a part time YouTuber again... oh well, it was probably too good to last. Thank you adpocalypse.
In any case I have been giving several interviews in the meantime. A TV team will visit on Friday, and I have been invited to a podium "round table" discussion in Berlin, organized by the "Hans Böckler Stiftung", a non profit org that is Union related.
So we do get some attention. Slowly the press sees the frustration and anger among many YouTube creators.
This is meaningless, as it's just them talking and them doing jack shit about it. Please contact, people like H3H3 or a DeFranco will actually might do something. Otherwise shut this place down. Since, where this is headed is not looking to good atm.
Seeing, as this project has been dormant for months now.
Do what needs done and actually contact people, who can make a difference as they have the power to do so. If people like me, had the power this would of ended by now. Sadly, due to the lack of resources available don't have the means despite knowing how to roughly fix/defeat the problem at hand.
Now, I'm gone hopefully the message here sinks the fuck in. As this is bullshit and you know it.
My "strike" video was just removed from YouTube and I received a "strike" in due course. They say it violates the rules against firearms even though it shows an airgun, of course just briefly without even firing it. Airguns aren't considered firearms, neither in the US nor in Germany.
What a cheap trick. I wonder if they will now go ahead and issue a bunch of additional strikes so they can close my channel.
Of course one more time this happens on a Friday, so there isn't anyone to look at my appeal before Monday. Coincidence? Hard to believe.
As you may remember YouTube deleted my "strike" video and gave me a "strike" in exchange. I appealed, as the reason they gave me (violation of firearms rules) was a joke - the video featured an air gun and not a firearm.
Two weeks went by and no word from YouTube. Then I contacted the creator support and they said "it seems the Policy team has been deliberating internally about the status of the video". Yeah no kidding. I was asking people to follow my link to another platform, no less.
In the end they reinstated the video and removed my strike. This means that it is now a fact - it is NOT against the rules to advertise a video that is posted elsewhere. We can do that all day long.
YouTube just caved in and had to reinstate a deleted channel because the (German) YouTuber sued YouTube in Germany. Until now YouTube always insisted that you have to sue YouTube in the US, but this young girl had two lawyers as parents and they ripped YouTube's argument into shreds. YouTube wanted to keep this sealed but the YouTuber girl decided otherwise, in order to create a precedence case. This opens the doors to lawsuits in Germany, where the legal situation is much different than in the US, far more creator friendly. No German YouTuber now has to accept unwarranted channel removals and strikes.
Can I ask you guys to go ahead and leave a like + a comment to the outrageously brave YouTuber girl who defeated YouTube in court? She has just about 550 subs and is far away from making any money with her channel, but nonetheless she declined a lucrative settlement for the benefit of all other YouTubers. This is the most courageous and noble act I have seen in this industry. Much respect.
I was invited to join a conference in Berlin about the future of work, organized by the prestigious "Hans Böckler Stiftung". I will be in a podium discussion about "New Technology - New Interests?" on the 13th of September, 3:30 PM.
So should you be in Berlin next week, come to see me at the Café Moskau! I am excited about this.
Several members reported that there is a new onslaught of demonetizations, often for videos that were uploaded years ago and were fine until now.
Some of my own videos were affected too, so I asked "Creator Support". They confirmed that they "updated" the bots.
Quote: "We’ve updated our machine learning technology that determines whether a video has a yellow or green monetization icon. As a result, some additional icons may have changed to green or yellow. Ultimately, this update will reduce misclassifications for videos all across YouTube once it's completed its initial analysis. "
So far it seems they simply stiffened the already drastic filters, so that now plenty of perfectly harmless and successful videos will turn into sitting ducks, financially. No video is safe. Each one will be revisited and the creators will once more be bombarded with "bad news" messages from YouTube.
It is a fact that YouTube has a plan. They want to get rid of ANYTHING that is controversial in any way, just to make those big budget advertisers super happy.
Here is another example. Video made OK views for many years, but the minute it was demonetized views dropped to zero. Let us face it. YouTube censors our fully guideline compliant videos and kills them, just because they think they are not attractive for their advertisers. This is censoring. They deny it but it is the truth.
I have been working very hard to get some public attention and it is successful, but not in a way that it will change anything.
The situation is desperate but we will not surrender. I am calling for your ideas how to proceed. Please no "alternative platform" nonsense, this is not an option for now. Maybe in a few years, hopefully.
A Open Response To Union Leader Jörg Sprave Question About What We Can Do Next: -^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^- I strongly believe it would be a good idea to push for an 'Internet Bill of Rights' and think about expanding who represents the union outside of the current single-man leadership.
If we do not have people actively pushing for an idea that helps secure Freedom Of Speech and Creator Freedom then I feel like we will have no real-power at all. Unless we contribute into some solid ideas that have real-world popularity and concern many users and creators around the world then we will simply continue to watch the internet shrink. YouTube will continue to close down more of The Slingshot Channel's content and other dissident content they don't approve of or can't monetize.
I outlined some ideas on this topic of what we should do next a few months ago in this video: youtu.be/l51zHIlumRw I would really appreciate any feedback on these ideas from you, YouTuber's Union members or like-minds.
We cannot grow as a movement unless we have a agreed upon goal as well as a user-base and leadership structure that growing. The simple fact is that YouTube and current Tech Giants and Political higher-ups don't want certain types of content on the internet anymore. Things like firearms content, The Slingshot Channel style content, weapon tests, and even political or philosophical content that goes against mainstream thought is completely censored, demonetized, shadow banned or suppressed via deprivation of discovery.
Currently we are speaking amongst ourselves and the rules are only becoming more and more restricted, the whole concept of defending the 'Broadcast Yourself' theme is tied to Freedom of Speech and Creator Freedom and we should openly support this from a membership and leadership perspective. I have formed these ideas from speaking to members here in the Union and I would ask those who agree the ideas outlined here and in my video to voice their support and share this out. Our strength is our numbers, online activity and unity and I hope I am correct in seeing Freedom of Speech and Creator Freedom being one of the threads that binds us here as Union Members. We must grow and act quickly or laws will beat us to it and shrink the internet further than they already have.
I went ahead and checked some videos they recently were demonetized but reinstated after a manual review. It was demonetized on the 19th of August and re-monetized 9 days later. As you can see the video dropped in views for the EXACT SAME DURATION as the demonetization lasted.
"Creator support" finally answered. With the usual text blocks. Here is my response.
please spare me from those prefabricated text blocks about demonetization. As you know the YouTube rules about them are as soft as a sponge and have no real value for us creators.
Just try to explain why the views of the affected videos dropped to zero at the same time the videos were demonetized even though your very own coworkers at "insights" clearly claim that there is no connection at all between "search and discovery" and the monetization status of a video,
And be rest assured that your answer will make it big on the internet.