Everyone knows Oprah.
Oprah, who did a game show called The Big Give, where generosity was the central ingredient.
And then there is the real Oprah. The Oprah who sicced YouTube on me, with this little surprise email:
This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Harpo, Inc claiming that this material is infringing:
Oprah Kindle Briefly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3j_yEnjpk
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The video in question is one I used in this post: Debrief: Oprah And The Abominable Kindle
Surprisingly, even though it has been deleted from my YouTube account, it is — at time of this posting — still playing very well as an embed.
I don’t think that will last, however.
Look at what a big criminal I am:
— a whopping thirty-eight seconds out of a program that runs at least forty-four minutes.
Oprah has a Channel on YouTube. It’s filled with vapid shit. And no clip from her Kindle show. Not that it would matter — because none of the videos are allowed to be embedded anywhere else!
If Oprah is going to be all tight-sphinctered over thirty-eight seconds, maybe she’ll go ballistic seeing these shot-by-shot screensnaps from those thirty-eight seconds:
There you go, Oprah. You now have what your lawyers can claim as at least ten counts of Copyright Infringement!
I am inviting you — here and now, openly and publicly — to sue me.
Because your DMCA Takedown claims are full of shit.
I freely and openly admit I did use 38 seconds of your show. That is called Fair Use.
Come on — take my Copyright Violating Ass to court so you can get an Official Judicial Education about Fair Use.
You can intimidate Google/YouTube, but I’m not afraid of you!
Instead of creating enemies like me, why not join the 21st Century?
Here is what I suggest instead of your damned DMCA Takedowns.
1) See what clips are being unofficially used
2) Create an official clip
3) Send “violators” an email such as this:
Hi, there! We just noticed you’re using a clip from our program. We appreciate you spreading the word. But there’s a little problem. You see, we’d like to know how many people watch our clips and that’s not possible with unofficial ones. We’d like you to swap out the clip you’re using with this one [URL]. We know it doesn’t exactly match, but it would be a big help to us. If this is a problem, please contact us and we’ll see if we can arrange an exact match for you.
You see, Oprah, you don’t get to squawk about the minor expense that would incur.
Because it’s called sharing your abundance.
Now just do it!
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