I was surfing YouTube and found out that somebody else uploaded a video I had uploaded to my account. I didn't want anybody stealing my videos so I put in the description in caps
--- DO NOT STEAL THIS VIDEO OR YOUR UPLOAD WILL BE TAKEN DOWN!!! YOU DON'T OWN THIS VIDEO ---
I feel like this person ripped off my work because he or she removed the ability to have people comment, rate, like and dislike this video. I tried to message this person but no luck. This person even stole my tags in the video and even made it look like it was there's by putting there own description to the video. I just want to know why it was stolen!!! I have personal people meaning my mom, dad and my entire family is on the video. They allowed me to upload the video but I never thought it would be taken and uploaded to another account. This person invaded my space and my family and I want them to take it down. What can I do?
Here are links to the videos that were uploaded! See for yourself and comment on this page telling me if you think it's right to steal what I own?
Please don't take the links down because I want to show people what I own and what was stolen!!!
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File the report and let the YouTube arbitration process do it's work. It may be worth checking that YouTube understand it's a straight copy of your video, and that there's no artistic reason for them to allow the copy to stand. Oddly the 720p MP4 of your video is 179Mb in size, whereas the copy is 172Mb (according to the Video DownloadHelper plugin for Firefox, anyway).
But in the mean time, as the stolen video has more hits than yours, I'd also steal all the tags they've added to their video clip and put them as tags to yours. That way any tag searching will hit both yours and their video clip.
Secondly I'd add " - Fourth of July" to the end of your video description. So video searches for "4th July" and "Fourth July" will find yours - again this is stealing from their copy of your video the one thing in the title that is different.
Thirdly I'd change the category from "Film & Animation" to "News & Politics" - yep, same again, this is to copy what the copier has done and to better set-up a competitive face-off between your video and the copied one.
Lastly, and though I think this is worth considering, I'm not sure if it's a good idea - steal all that news-script text that they've put in the description box to their copy of your video. Put a line of hyphens on a new line at the end of your existing description and then copy and paste all of their well stolen words. Though before doing that, it may be an idea to search for a few of the phrases in first and see if you can work out which news organisation's website that text has been lifted from. If it has been copied from somewhere else, it's probably a bad idea to replicate it in your clip's description - but - it would be a good idea to contact that organisation and point out someone is passing-off their text without attribution on YouTube.
It may seem overkill all this, but if you end up with more views for your clip than the other one, then you'll have won.
One final thought for future clips is to put a watermark into the video noting that the clip is (c) yourself. You should find a lot of video editing systems can add watermarks easily, though probably at the cost of a fair bit of processing time.
answered Jul 08 '12 at 22:21
No this person did not invade your family and your space. You did that by posting the video in the first place. Your family's privacy is no more compromised by somebody watching it on another account than by watching it on yours. In fact, as the new poster has no actual connection with you one might well argue that their privacy is less compromised!
I am getting so tired of people whining about privacy issues surrounding material that they have themselves made public. If you want it private then keep it private - don't post it to the world's most visited website!
And, frankly, it's a really poor video anyway. I'd say the 'thief' has done you a favour. You can take it off your site and nobody will ever know that you had anything to do it. Buy a tripod already!
answered Jul 09 '12 at 08:11