So I deleted the offline version, and re-uploaded the movie. After a bit of waiting, this was the result:
Why was that video rejected? Who's copyright can something that I made from my imagination, recorded myself and containing no audio be infringing? I've set out to discover that, starting with emailing YouTube support after a WHOLE lot of searching to even find out how. They don't make it easy.
Subject: YouTube Support
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 11:29:23 -0800
eventually make and share videos that show how I create my illustrations and possibly help people understand how to work in various art programs more efficiently. Thank you for your time.
videolink: IF: "Help" sketch
Subject: Re: [#119529285] YouTube Support
Date: March 13, 2007 8:43:52 AM MDT
I sincerely apologize for our delayed response to your email. We have received an exceedingly large volume of email recently, and are only now beginning to catch up.
We received notification from Viacom International. When we're notified that a particular video uploaded to our site infringes another's copyright, we remove the material as the law requires. If you feel a content owner has misidentified your content as infringing, you may file a DMCA counter-notification.
For more information, visit our Copyright Tips page,
The YouTube Team
I replied with:
Was it a blanket notification, or was my video specified for some reason? I only ask because I don't see how, apart from possibly what I named the video, Viacom can in any way lay claim to an original illustration that I drew and filmed myself. There's no audio in the entire movie that could possibly belong to them, and there is no area beyond my computer screen that is recorded.
If my video was specifically chosen by them, could you please tell me what they feel they own so I have an idea how to proceed? I will be following the links you provided later in the day when I have more time to commit to this.
So now I know who has a "thing" against my movie, I just don't yet know why. I did a quick google search and found out that I'm quite possibly not alone in this: Story of Viacom ordering YouTube to take down 100,000 movies.
In the meantime I've shortened the video slightly, changed the name to protect its innocence and it is "Live":
In the meantime I'm going to follow those links provided by the YouTube support-person and see how I can get the original video restored as my property.
As long as we are talking litigation, did I ever mention the time that Hormel threatened to sue me for a bumper sticker that I made for Heather? My girlfriend Heather; not support-person Heather.
I designed a bumper sticker for Heather's website that read "I (heart) MATTED SPAM!", and it was pink, yellow and purple and had a silhouette of her mermaid.
To get it printed I set it up at my CafePress store. After ordering the stickers I left it there, figuring it wasn't causing any harm.
Apparently Hormel's lawyers didn't agree and I received a cease-and-desist letter because my merchandise was too similar to their client's brand SPAM and their own bumper stickers "I (heart) SPAM". Never mind that the name for Heather's sticker is actually from a Badfinger song. Also, last I checked SPAM wasn't made from mermaids. Then again... New slogan! "SPAM: Chick of the sea."
Anyhow, due to the nature of and reason for the sticker I decided it wasn't worth fighting over, so I removed it from my store and that was that.
Now as I see it the difference between this and my YouTube movie is that I was contacted directly by the interested party, they explained how I was infringing and I voluntarily removed the offending product. I didn't get that from Viacom, or – so far – YouTube.
This just found: Collateral Damage: Viacom's YouTube Takedowns Include Personal Home Videos
Which led to this: YouTube and Viacom. It appears I'm late coming to the party.
And a final update: EFF is asking for anyone who was caught in Viacom's takedown net to contact them (which I am) and post a link to this video: