The Jimquisition: YouTube Needs To Face The Music

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The past week and change has been chaotic in certain sectors of videogame YouTube. Copyright strikes, mental health issues, legal trouble and more erupted around the otherwise unassuming shooter, Starr Mazer DSP.

And while anarchy ruled the roost, YouTube itself let it all happen.

Shas\'O Faiz
Guest
Shas\'O Faiz

As this story is still going on, I’m dismayed that certain YouTubers are piling on Alex Mauer in ways that go way beyond reporting on her misdeeds. Declaring that you only care about gaming, not gender politics, etc. isn’t an excuse to stoop to the level that supposedly respected members of the gaming community have stooped to. The undercurrent of anti-trans animosity that’s run underneath this story has made me feel sick, and I’m saying that as a cisgendered person, albeit one with a fair amount of trans friends; I can’t imagine what trans people who look at this story… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

Aaaaah jeez. As this video goes up Alex Mauer’s out of custody, and is at it once again. How many times does Youtube’s system need to detect from a single user that a claim hasn’t stuck for that system to send a little alert to someone (preferably an actual fucking human being) reading “Hey. Maybe – just maybe, you should take a closer look at this person and assess whether or not filing these claims should be as easy for them as it currently is.” Now wouldn’t that be a bit of common sense! If it didn’t mean affecting innocent… Read more »

Viking_Mana
Member

I don’t believe for a second that YouTube are going to do anything about this. It’s only us regular commoners getting hurt when someone has a mental breakdown and starts blazing a trail of destruction across the site. They’re going to continue to cater to big corporations that blatantly ignore relevant laws. Changing the system would mean admitting that it’s already basically illegal. If they changed their “Guilty until proven innocent”-rules, then how would Nintendo illegally flag content and steal revenue from content creators for using content they’re allowed to use? How would everyone continue to flagrantly ignore fair use… Read more »

cridia
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cridia

So wait, I could potentially start a channel called the Dicksauce Channel, go on a DMCA rampage and put the earning potentials of a vast amount of people at jeopardy without ever having to even give so much as my name?

chadnt
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chadnt

Are you objecting to YouTube policies, per se? Or are you objecting to the DMCA. I think the policies are just an effort to cover their ass with respect to draconian US copyright law.

Arcane Azmadi
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Arcane Azmadi

I’m seriously starting to think it may be time to simply leave YouTube. I’m serious, leave one final video as a forwarding address and arrange a mass community migration to some other video hosting service, ANY other video hosting service. I am utterly fed up to here with companies like Google thinking their effective monopoly means they can continue to treat everyone like trash just because they’re too fucking lazy to provide even the most basic protections and assurances of fairness. What if Jim, TotalBiscuit, SidAlpha, The Angry Video Game Nerd, AngryJoe, Extra Credits, PewDiePie, EVERY major gaming community personality… Read more »

ArtSolopov
Member

Also, for the moderator:
I’m currently seeing this message on the top of my comment box:

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ArtSolopov
Member

Also: so sad to see transphobic comments under Jim’s video so well-liked.

ArtSolopov
Member

It has been said before, and I’ll say it again. Nothing will change in that regard. Google hasn’t commented, because for Google, these 60-something videos are a speck, less than a speck, literally an infinitesimal. If you’re not on the level of Markiplier, your channel being blocked won’t make a dent in YouTube’s operations or profits. I haven’t tried uploading anything on YouTube myself, but I can imagine the appeal of a ready-made, set up system that makes videos available at a snap of the fingers. But I think video makers of various sorts who, as of now, are relying… Read more »

Paxillus
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Paxillus

Get well dear. Hope its not your back again.

Kestrel Stargazer
Member

Please feel better.

George
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George

Happy Canada Day (observed) to everyone! God Save The Queen.
Happy Independence Day to the Americans too.

As for this story, I find it quite alarming. While professionally I know that people with mental health issues are rarely dangerous there are those occasions when they are. I would not want a stranger suffering in a psychotic episode or anti-social personality disorder (Just as an example) to have my contact information.

Keep up the good work Jim. And praise you for your dedication to quality editorials and video essays.

MJBarr
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MJBarr

Stop fuckin dying Jim, jeeze. How are you going to create Jim Con (the Convention all about Jim fucking Sterling, or maybe about games media or some shit, fuck if I know) if yer dead?

Appretaur
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Appretaur

One of SidAlpha’s daily videos on the subject indicated that the claimant had struck specific channels multiple times each with the specific intent to have them taken down in the way commonly expected of the three-strikes rule, but that those channels somehow stayed up. Sid suggested that YouTube might have secretly instituted a new layer of fairness to its DMCA system in which multiple video takedowns from the same source apparently only count together as one single copyright strike now, and YouTube did not announce or explain this change to people at all. It would’ve been interesting to hear Jim… Read more »

Wolf
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Wolf

Black tie?! What is this tomfoolery?

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

What I’m worried about is the mental disability part of this story.

I’m really worried this is going to vindicate all those people in the gaming community who use autism and other disabilities as slurs and as something to be ashamed or treat us no better than trolls.

We are not like the composer here, we are not all losers, cowards, hateful, jerks, need protection, help etc. We are all different and it’s not fair blame all of us because of one persons actions 🙁

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I understand you wanted to deflect the blame and the primary show content into YouTube’s lap, but I felt this video was sorely lacking a necessary shout-out before you sauntered into “YouTube is run stupid baby idiots” territory.
Namely, that Leonard French is helping Alex overcome her mental health issues despite being the acting lawyer for Imagos in her contract/DMCA lawsuit and being on the receiving end of her death threats. Like, goddamn it is hard to be a cynical asshole about lawyers after hearing that.

Sperium3000
Member

As someone in the spectrum, I’ll say what I already said once, mental issues and being an asshole are two different things. Mental issues are not a free pass to being a dick. With that said, death threats over the internet are the coward’s weapon and people who use it are [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫] of the highest order.

Peter Quint
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Peter Quint

I enjoyed the tone of this Jimquistion more than recent weeks in that it sounded a little more restrained in tone but had a really good argument put across well.

Sometimes just putting things clearly has more impact than the rage and bile approach.

Aside from that, terrible to hear about you being in pain. I hope whatever it is clears up soon and much respect for getting this episode out.

Ere. B.
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Ere. B.

Still waiting for Jim’s hot take on SNES Classic… Still waiting…

SadOldGuy
Member

Jim, thank you for this. I just signed up for a Google account just so that I could comment here.

One item that makes this situation worse is that I just realized that a stalker could file a copyright strike on someone JUST TO GET THEIR ADDRESS. Why is every person harassed, assaulted, etc. not legally Google’s fault?

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

Watching the whole Alex Mauer thing unfold reminded me of when Amanda Bynes was acting strangely a few years back and saying a few somewhat controversial things, I wasn’t so much mad at her as I was really concerned for her overall well-being. It’s the same thing with Alex, more then anything I hope she gets better.

As for Youtube, they really need to get their shit together. I’ve heard some strange cases of certain Youtubers actually losing several subscribers every single time they upload a video, no idea what causes that.

El Chica Incognitus
Member

I’m legitimately surprised that the general user base of youtube hasn’t all decided to randomly do DMCA takedowns of random videos that annoy them yet. Like this whole process sounds so absurdly simple and with no real checks and balances that I could log into a dummy youtube account and start claiming random videos.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Thumbs up for using clips from the only good Transformers movie Jim!

James
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James

While I generally enjoy these types of Jimquisitions less than the riffs on certain video game trends (such as the incredible episode on survival games fairly recently), I think there is definitely value in drawing attention to this stuff. In short, keep doing what you’re doing, Jim