The Jimquisition: The YouTube Fair Use Protection Program

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It’s a rather special edition of The Jimquisition today, as I get to be part of the unveiling of YouTube’s Copyright Protection Program. It’s a new plan that will see YouTube stepping up its game and financially backing content creators who find their videos unfairly targeted by spurious copyright takedowns.

As a long-term target of said takedowns, it’s particularly pleasing to be part of the rollout, and to reveal how one underhanded developer, Moo Tech, tried and failed to censor me.

It just got a little harder to be a cowardly, censoring timewaster.

ENAY
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ENAY

Well done Jim, you really deserve this. Please do, sit on your high throne and be very smug with a big grin on your face.
You are the Ian Hislop of the gaming world, long may you reign! 🙂

HisDivineOrder
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HisDivineOrder

Let’s hope Youtube shows up to help lots of people and not just a handful to try and give off the impression they care when they still don’t.

LucidJP
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LucidJP

Hm. No wonder Jim Sterling’s channel has seemed to be less active lately. This is 3 Jimquisitions now, in ONE WEEK! This man’s been busy.

ThEjOkErIsWiLd
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ThEjOkErIsWiLd

Well, that’s +1 to youtube then…

*adjust score from -2,645 to -2,644*

George
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George

Congratulations! In no small part you have really contributed to the development of criticism as well freedom of speech. In reference to some of your other ideas… this is also an example of how standing up and calling out bull shit can lead to true and lasting change. And on a personal level that philosophy is something that I carry into my own work in health care. Calling things out saying things again and again and again does lead to real change…even if it it may only be a small change. So thank you for this video and your outlook.… Read more »

Scott John Harrison
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Scott John Harrison

The only thing I don’t like about this is this Developer has effectively got what they wanted for all your none-US viewers.

What is the percentage of your viewership who can’t view this video?

Kevin Lee Shields
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Kevin Lee Shields

I’ve been refreshing this site all day…I never actually expected another Jimquisition to pop up though. Thank God for Jim Fucking Sterling Son!

Rafael R Piñero
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It is a good first step, for all of us.

Craig the War Boy
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I wonder about escalation. Now that they don’t have more (vestigially) legal means to attack detractors, what illegal means will these amoral conartists stoop to in order to silence others? We’ve seen how at least some are willing to stoop to doxxing, and I’m sure they wouldn’t be above “Swatting” him or attempting some other juvenile abuse of the legal system. Its terrorism any way you look at it and if these people are willing to do this to protect their unethical activities then it’s time we stop giving them the benefit of being thinking they’re merely petulant and start… Read more »

Ushio
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Ushio

And all steam green light and early access abusing developers scream in horror.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Something “witty” here
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Something “witty” here

So Mr. Sterling about the recent kidnappings of youtube shareholders and staff by an elusive individual known only to police as “Jimsaw”

any comments?

Serious note though it’s been a looong time coming and hopefully will be applied to other countries and genres (seem to remember Gavin having his own music claimed by someone else)

So thank you Cthulhu

Neil Studd
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So, that’s YouTube putting $1million in the bank for the phantom lawsuit from Digital Homicide. Somewhere out there, I think I can hear two sphincters tightening.

Archmike
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Archmike

BAhahhahahhahahaaa!! Fuck yeah! This is awesome!

It’s like the beleaguered front line has just got notice of the incoming air strikes!
It’s like the Imperial Guard just got Space Marine backup!

It’s like the charge of the Rohirim!

What I’m saying is it’s pretty good yeah?

John Smith
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John Smith

I felt like you and several others held the front line on Steam Greenlight for so long it shamed the others, who abandoned Greenlight as a losing battle, to come back and join the fight.

Well, Youtube finally listened. Here comes the cavalry.

Helmic
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Helmic

It’s good news, in particular the tone they take. Promising a million dollar lawsuit is quite the extended middle finger YouTube has long needed to extend. However, I’m far more concerned about their commitment to bringing these lawsuits against big companies. Would it be willing to sue Sega for censoring all those videos so its new game would be at the top of search results? What about the small channels with ten or so subs and videos with just twenty views that shred Vevo using music clips to criticize their practices? I want to see YouTube actually risk pissing off… Read more »

Minimink
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Minimink

I’ve got to ask, are the videos gone indefinitley from non-US countries, or is it only a temporary measure until Youtube can get all the legalities sorted out?

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

It sucks that people are threatning you, Jim. Hopefully it’s the empty barks of desperate goobers and not something actually threatning. Hope you can get that dealt with soon.

BAH!
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BAH!

This is excellent, but it does make me wonder how active Youtube/Google have been in helping other content creators. Obviously, they haven’t been very high-profile instances, but considering how reviled the previous system was, you’d think someone would have said something. Unless they had to sign some kind of NDA, which wouldn’t make sense.

Still, it’s better than it was. Baby steps.

Joshua Chap
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Joshua Chap

As someone who has dealt with the DMCA and copyright law for nearly the last 10 years this is amazing news Jim. Good to see youtube is more upfront and honest about all this too. It sure is not going to be easy at all but I’m glad to youtube finally at least is trying here.

Victor Barreiro Jr.
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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Awesome good news!

Master50007887
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Master50007887

Three Jims in 5 days, how bootiful.

Tubey84
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Tubey84

Get in, fantastic news and about bloody time.

MeatMan
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MeatMan

Better late than never, right? Score one for the good guys!

Even Luck
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Even Luck

You really know how to make someone’s day, Jim. Thank God for you. And thanks for all your hard work.

Maddy
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Maddy

Good on you, Jim! And good on Youtube, too. Those are some good news 😀