YouTube has removed Legal Insurrection’s Channel (UPDATE: Restored)
Modern Language Association files complaint after we report on audio statements of anti-Israel activists at MLA Annual Meeting
UPDATE: As of approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 13, 2017, our YouTube Channel was restored, though there are still legal battles to come over the videos.
YouTube took down Legal Insurrection’s Channel without any prior notice based on “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement,” but we never received any claims of infringement.
We have lost hundreds of videos, including a lot of original content on important news subjects. You now will see disabled videos in hundreds of our posts.
I have no idea what the supposedly offending videos are. We are pretty careful when it comes to copyright, so I’m suspecting that someone about whom we posted a video made the claims.
We’ve filed the appeal forms, but if anyone has a contact at YouTube, I’d appreciate the help. Please email me.
UPDATE 1-13-2017 9:50 a.m. — I just received notice from YouTube that the copyright claims were filed by the Modern Language Association based on excerpts of audio of pro- and anti-Israel speakers at the MLA Annual Meeting we reported on in this post, Massive DEFEAT for BDS at Modern Language Association.
We intend to fight this both at the YouTube and legal level. It is highly questionable that MLA owns the copyright for oral presentations at the Annual Meeting, and even if it did, the limited excerpts we used from the nearly 2-hour video posted by MLA on YouTube are well-within fair use. What I think is really going on here is that anti-Israel activists at MLA complained to MLA that MLA had posted the audio on YouTube. MLA took down its own 2-hour video and now seeks to silence our reporting.
Here is part of what we submitted to YouTube as a Counter-Notification stating why MLA has no copyright in the oral presentation of speakers and why YouTube should restore our account:
Please consider this a Counter-Notification, as provided under the YouTube guidelines, https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6005919 and https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6005908, in response to a group of copyright complaints filed with YouTube by the Modern Language Association (MLA) as set forth in your prior email.
We are not aware of any copyright held by any party in connection with the videos, which consist of portions of oral remarks made by several speakers at a meeting. Any copyright that could be claimed would be owned, if at all, by the speakers themselves unless assigned by them to the MLA. MLA in its copyright complaints to YouTube claims to own the copyright itself, not an assignee. Neither the MLA nor any speaker alerted us to any copyright claim or provided us with a copyright registration.
Moreover if there is a bona fide prima facie copyright claim, our use is a fair use because it consists of less than 15 minutes of material, cumulatively for several 1-2 minute excerpts, from a two hour original MLA collation of these speakers’ remarks thus constituting a small portion of the material. Furthermore our posting constitutes comment or news reporting in connection with an issue of public interest. We reported on this news event here, https://legalinsurrection.com/2017/01/massive-defeat-for-bds-at-modern-language-association/. Additionally the use will have no affect on the “market” for the original work, which is non-existent.
Since we vigorously dispute the copyright claims, which were filed in a single bunch, and previous to this had no violations of YouTube’s Terms of Service or the Copyright Act, we request restoration of the account pending resolution of these specific claims.
Hopefully YouTube will do the right thing. As to MLA, unless they can prove as a matter of law and fact that they are the lawful copyright owners or assignees, then they had no right to file the copyright claims that took down our YouTube account. I’m going to be represented by “our lawyer” Ron Coleman in this.
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No proof necessary, just the claims of left wing cry-bullies.
All they’re going to do is create competition that doesn’t censor. Same with Facebook. D. Prager had about 20 of his Prager University vids taken down.
I guess Libs 1st, bizppl 2nd. While pissing off 50% of the country, they gladly offer to sell stock to 100%. Target stores lost billions due to their insanity. Same thing as celebs who want 100% of country to buy tickets to their schitt, while calling us racist bigots. Amazing.
I wouldn’t be too happy if I were a stockholder, all I’d care about is turning every dime into 12-13 cents. Think I’d yank my $ and put it into a competitor who doesn’t censor or anger the consumers.
How did MLA claim rights to *all* videos on LI channel?
Any chance of starting up an “F-You Tube” channel for alternative POVs?
I think you are on to something. I think the time is right for many new outfits to fire up ‘free thinking and speaking’ sites.
The capital requirement to launch something competitive to Youtube would probably be in the tens of millions.
These days the common way to start such an online venture would be to leverage one of the popular cloud platforms that provide ‘platform as a service’ or ‘infrastructure as a service’ Using these platforms allows a small company to focus on building software and not elements such as servers, networking, system engineering, etc. Who are the major players in this you ask? Google, Amazon and Microsoft.
Wouldn’t it be great if RSBN took on the assignment? 🙂
You were obviously a bit too effective at tweaking the progs. This is how faithful progs with power take their revenge.
The only consolation is that this is just a minor, minor taste of what the left would have done to all of us from now on if Hillary had won. Scratch a leftist and you will always find a vicious totalitarian hiding under the surface.
re: “You were obviously a bit too effective at tweaking the progs.”
Yes. Since Hillary was trashed in the election, just as Obama has trashed the Democrat power structure, those who remain endeavor to consolidate whatever power they have left. Power unused evaporates, therefore turn off the lights on effective anti-progressive sources. Also, it seems progressives love to cuddle with Muslims and Palestinians, so there is one possible source for your faux complaints.
Hiding? They are not hiding.
Youtube needs to stop with this nonsense. They are quick to take down anything that a bully on the left cries about. they don’t even take the time to check.
They really need to be sued. Is it possible? That somehow they can be held accountable for their sloppy work?
Ask Mark Steyn how the legal system works for those who are targeted by the left. The only way to end up with a win is to have someone like Thiel as a financial backer, someone who has unlimited deep pockets.
What you say is absolutely true.
Legal action needs to happen.
I’m entirely tired of conservatives complaining about the Obama administration exceeding their constitutional boundaries with all these executive orders–but then doing nothing about it. We just whine and complain–“woe is me!” We’re such victims.
If we’re right about our interpretation of the Constitution, and firm in our convictions–then take them to court.
If we’re not taking legal action, then (to me, a non-lawyer) it seems like maybe we really don’t have any true legal justification against what we’re so quick to whine about.
Take ’em to court, or stop whining. Thank you.
(It’s probably the only aspect of the upcoming Trump administration that I’m enjoying–watching him push back, and not roll over [though his actual push back just seems like bullying… still, it’s nice for a change….])
First there was Fake News which was overwhelmingly proved to be false and quickly at that.
Now we are facing censorship by the hard left by fake claims and probably fake accusations.
If anything, this site is judicious in its postings, citation of the facts as well as being thorough.
Maybe we conservatives need to form a moving media site to even the playing field…
When they remove all of the REAL news, the fake news looks more credible. This is in no way random, nor do the charges have to be true for this to be effective.
Whatever happens, you are now the site that had videos removed by Youtube for Copyright violations. That’s the kind of mud that sticks. They aren’t attacking your video channel… they are attacking your reputation as a source. If you just get your videos put back up and your channel returned, you have not won… you have to make a move against this activity, and be successful.
Punch back twice as hard.
FB account suspension.
YouTube Channel shut down. Etc. Rinse, repeat.
You are hitting the right people in the right places.
And this is how they retaliate. Alinsky-tactics.
(My guess – BDS sees you’re effective, so you’re their target.)
Sadly, I am not in the least surprised. Always keep a copy of every video you post.
For all you know this may be because the RIAA complaining about your “Video of the Day”.
I will admit that Google does seem to drop the hammer faster on conservatives then liberals with code of conduct. This is not a code of conduct case it is copyright.
The DMCA gives Google very little latitude about how it treats complaints, though they should have notified you. It’s a part of the law. Check your spam folder.
Unfortunately the DMCA can easily be abused since punishments for fake reports are rarely enforced.
A bit of a side comment. I believe that artists should be compensated, as the RIAA and the MPAA says. Though until it cost them money ( If it did, the jury is out on that. ) they seemed not to mind that artists like Little Richard weren’t compensated.
At the same I recognize that if you can play the videos, then you can copy the videos. The only way to stop this is to make computers less general purpose, which would severely cripple all of the computer industry. So simply banning “sharing” is not viable, some alternative for making “entertainment” must be found.
The only other advice I can offer is that you read up on the DMCA, or ask some other faculty member who is an expert for a lowdown. Then make it clear to google, when communicating that you are a lawyer. Maybe sign esq at the end of your name. Google tends to get very careful when lawyers show up.
I can guarantee you this is not about the music videos. Those are paid. It’s about embarrassing speeches made at public meetings.
BTW. The videos may not be lost, but you should always have your own copy just in case.
Believe me, this is a painful lesson for a lot of people.
Google probably backs up everything, but who knows for how long a backup is held. Chances are good it’s a few days at least.
I have sent a complaint to Youtube about your channel being pulled. I suggest that you ask all your subscribers and friends on all social media to do likewise. Let’s generate some well-deserved bad publicity for Youtube!
How about the rest of you on here?
Really starting to dislike some people.
I just went to youTube and LI appears to be back up (3:33 AM). I was able to open videos, etc. I was getting ready to post this when I decided to check.
youTube did this to several gun channels last year. Hickok45 was one that I remember. After users complained, they were restored in full by youTube, so the videos are not lost. Complaints to youTube by all of us would help. I assume you have contacted them for an explanation. They do reverse these decisions, so it’s worth fighting. Hickok45 seems to be a nice guy (at least from his on screen persona) and may be able to offer guidance if you contact him.
y’all are lawyers… SUE the bastards.
getting support from the right shouldn’t be hard.
Best of luck. If/when your channel is restored, make sure to download your videos from the video manager and keep three copies of each video you want to save. Two copies on premises one copy off premises.
Is there a difference between Antonio Branca and Legal Insurrection? There are only 10 videos o the Antonio Branca channel???
Channel is down, 6:40 am Eastern. Gave feedback to YouTube.
down at 3:10pm, UTC/West Coast
Whining–no one does it better than the liberal left.
Site is up and running @0732
Not as of 0812 EST. Perhaps you hit a server that hadn’t been updated yet, or something.
setup your own clipbucket site on dedicated server and avoid youtube
One channel I watched on YouTube (who had around 75,000 subscribers) discovered that another person was copying his videos, posting them under a similar name, and monetizing them. When the person who originally made the videos complained about his work being stolen, YouTube made him jump through a great many hoops and eventually did nothing.
It is my opinion based on observations concerning YouTube, that YouTube is waging a censorship waar. If you are conservative, then you suddenly are no longer receiving advertising for your work. If your work is copied and stolen and you are conservative, then who cares. If you are conservative, then your work is hidden by the search engine that will place liberal videos in the search results list before yours.
What YouTube is making clear is that they do not like the conservative viewpoint and simply will not tolerate it. They know that they cannot just eliminate them so they start by making the lives of conservative posters difficult by removing their advertising dollars, by allowing duplicative content and so forth. Now they seem to be upping the ante by just eliminating those with who they disagree.
All they are doing is to show the world how their values are in line with repressive governments, that they arrogantly believe that they know what is important and what the public should be allowed to see, and how they are becoming more and more in alignment with the totalitarian model of leadership than ever before. I would like to think that should they continue with this model, then they will go bankrupt, but who knows. What is certain is that this behavior of censorship is a harbinger of things to come. And to think people were crucified in the courts for not baking a cake and yet YouTube and others are essentially doing the same but without the Constitutionally protected beliefs to support it.
The answer about the Youtube not doing anything about those videos you mention is easy, Youtube gets a cut of the money the guy who stole the video’s makes.
LI clear violation of TOS: PWC
(*posting while conservative)
do you have access to the source material?
its a pita to setup your own video serving system but is possible
Pretty sure this has something to so with your fighting against anti-Semitism (especially in schools) and support for the State of Israel. The Paris Conference starting this Sunday is a perfect time to force you offline. I hope this situation can be quickly resolved.
As of January 13th ( Friday ) 7:31AM, its still down.
You will need to setup your own video server ( or make arrangements with a cdn ).
If you are your own hosting, the DMCA complaints would come directly to you. You would make all the decisions.
This is just Lawfare in action. BDS? Muslims? Liberals? Could be any of them.
Pretty sure this has something to so with your fighting against anti-Semitism (especially in schools) and support for the State of Israel. The Paris Conference starting this Sunday is a perfect time to force you offline.
Pure antisemitism! They really do imitate the NAZIs!
The solution can only be found in Federal Legislation. Now is the time to do it.
As with Civil Rights, large public Internet sites such as Facebook, Youtube, Google, Twitter which provide a means of public communication and interaction should be treated as public accommodations. The legislation should proscribe these sites from doing anything contrary to the Bill of Rights and include Statutory damages and legal fees.
Can’t agree with you. They are still private businesses. Non of their services are essential like water or power. No matter how they conduct their business, there is no endangerment to life. Maybe to snowflake psyches though.
Baking cakes isn’t essential either. Either freedom of association applies across the board, or it doesn’t.
Come on SDN, everyone knows things like that only apply to Conservatives!
Public accommodations are not reuired to comply with the Bill of Rights. They are bound by the federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, which means that in most but not all locations they’re not allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. But discrimination on the basis of political opinion is perfectly legal almost everywhere, so unless these servers happen to be in one of the few places where it is not legal they have every right to discriminate against conservatives and there’s no legal basis for stopping them.
These sites serve a semi-public purpose and dominate their market space. Use of these sites is governed by a legally binding adhesion contract — that almost no user reads.
It is ripe for regulation. The content you post there is your creation. Do you want to turn your works over royalty free to someone else.
Bad idea. Fight YouTube, fight the MLA. If you do not like the way YouTube does business, give your business to someone else. Do not be like lefty statists.
No, free speech is free speech, even when we don’t agree with it. The constitution prohibits the Government from doing exactly what you are proposing. the first Amendment applies to the government, not to private entities, just like you have the right to say what you want, if a site doesn’t want conservative content on their site, well then they are under no obligation to allow it.
However, this is not the case here, MLA has filed frivolous complaints, which I agree Youtube should do more investigating before removing content and give the accused time to respond before taking action. I just wish there were a way to sue MLA over those frivolous complaints.
This just reminded me of why I got banned from ABC news sites a couple weeks ago. It was right after the story where a man in a Santa Claus outfit machine gunned a bunch of people in a club. (turns out that detail may have been false)
I got banned for posting a comment on their story, saying “What the hell did you expect from an Islamic Santa? YOU HAVE ALL BEEN VERY NAUGHTY!!! HO HO HO!!!”
Okay, it wasn’t really that funny, but it bugged some islamist at ABC enough that now I’m banned for life – or at least until I care enough to try and come up with a different posting account, which I don’t.
Why do I suspect “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement” is really “Two sock-puppets of a left-wing kook.”
I think it would be better to contact someone in the upcoming Trump White House so he can tweet against YouTube and call them Fake News.
Can you spell CENSORSHIP!
The radical left will do anything to counter their election losses.
This is just one attack of a multiple prong strategy.
The country is going to be in turmoil caused by the left.
If you’re taking flak you’re over the target.
Google owns YouTube. Boycott Google. Change your browser, change your search engine, don’t buy their products. You don’t have to give them your money if they keep trying to insult and intimidate you.
Speaking as someone who sends DMCA notices regularly as part of my job, this is ABSOLUTELY political. Possibly not by “Google,” but certainly by the employee who took the content down. Google, unlike many providers, is actually very resistant to DMCA notices. I often get back refusals based on (meritless) claims of fair use generated by Google itself. In fact, Google will often require a copyright holder to explicitly refute a fair use argument before acting on a takedown notice.
Based on Professor Jacobson’s description of the allegedly copyright-protected content, I’d have advised a client to expect Google to not take it down.
Seems as though Legal Insurrection may have a claim against the MLA if their video was not copyright protected. However any legal claim against Youtube would be governed by a morass of adhesion agreements.
If you set up a fund for fighting this, I’ll probably chip in some bucks.
When I saw this story I immediately made a contribution to LI, I suggest others do the same. Contribute to LI and FIRE and fight the madness.
Never, ever, leave your only copy of valuable data on “cloud” publishers. Try not to rely on just one even for the publishing task. Power is going to their heads.
So “multiple” = 1.
Must be Common Core math or something…
At Youtube right now, I can search on LI and see a whole bunch of Mark Finkelstein uploads. These are clips from other sources, most less than a minute long. I do not see other LI clips but I don’t know what LI usually puts up on Youtube.
Searching for LI and any combination of the MLA leads to no matches for anything in 2016-7.
Let us know how we can help, Prof.
Simply, until this matter is resolved to the satisfaction of LI, I will no longer make use of YouTube. This includes not using it in any comments I might make, nor playing it in any comments I might encounter, nor playing any of the considerable vids I have bookmarked on my computer system.
No. YouTube. Period.
Fox news has picked the story up now. The pressure will build.
Drudge also has it. If YouTube has a problem with one or two posts for copyright infringements, it doesn’t make sense to suspend years worth of content. Take those few posts down until complaints are settled. Seems to me prof, you hit a nerve. Good job. Now, SUE THE BA$TARD$!!
Breitbart is also running the story.
Fox is reporting this story? Good. Now if we could get The Donald to tweet about it…
Good luck with your efforts on getting your account restored professor! Youtube has gained a bit of infamy over the past couple of years with stunts like this on not respecting fair use. It’s not just conservative commentators either, a lot of people whose content is not related to politics at all have had to put up with similar nonsense on youtube due to people and companies abusing the way youtube tries to enforce copyright on it’s site.
Furious with Comey, but not with the criminal (Clinton) or themselves for picking that loser to bet their leftist house on.
Ignorant narcissists who need to be marginalized, watched, prosecuted, but otherwise ignored.
This’ll get resolved and hopefully there’s a nice law suit in there for LI. But all the publicity is going to send in all sorts of trolls to the comment section.
Would those LI commenters with military and/or police experience please devise a plan of defense and eviction? Fix bayonets!
Infogalactic now exists as an alternative to Wikipedia with it’s SJW edits. Gab.ai now exists as alternative to twitter; Gab.ai doesn’t censor. I’m certain the same people behind these efforts are working on a youtube alternative. One step at a time.
And if you haven’t tried out the Brave browser, it really is a faster alternative to Chrome and Firefox. (brave.com)
Mozilla shot itself in the foot with it’s treatment of Brendan Eich. And it shows in Firefox’s share of browser use.
And I notice the people behind the gab and infogalactic efforts recommend duckduckgo.com as the search engine of choice.
Just tried it – Brave is a nice browser! Dump Firefox for it.
Just be sure to go into preferences and set your preferred security settings.
How are you paying for it? Is it expensive?
I did not know this, and pretty much explains what is going on:
“Founded in 2005, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion the following year. YouTube now has over a billion users, encompassing almost one third of all users on the Internet.”
Okay, let me get this straight. Because *one* organization (MLA) claims that a public speech recorded and placed into a library is somehow illegal due to their (claimed) right to everything said during their organization meeting, this gives the organization the right to lob a flaming bottle of gas into the library and burn it to the ground together with every single video in there.
Somehow I think if an arsonist tried using this argument at trial, they’d go into the pokey for decades.
It was most likely the number of complaints. Remember the article in question has several short clips and they could file a complaint for each one, so they bundled 6 or so complaints and sent them in at the same time. Hell the channel coming down may not have even had a human hand in on it, it may have been an automatic thing when the complaints were filed. I am not defending youtube I am just trying to explain.
I’m going to suggest something different and hope it isn’t really necessary Prof.
You’re being too effective against these scumbag thugs.
Sign up and take some instructions on gun handling, both you and your wife. Buy a couple handguns and ammo and keep them loaded.
Yeah, it’s N.Y. and you can’t probably won’t be able to get a CCW, but you should keep one nearby in your home at the very least. Check the law on using Mace, maybe it’s legal. The people you’re dealing with aren’t polite or law abiding.
I’m praying they don’t do anything violent, but their history isn’t good. Keep a sharp eye out.
Once Sessions becomes AG, look for prosecutions against the people inciting this kind of threat.
If the concealed carry reciprocity bill passes and Trump signs, you won’t need a CCW for places like NY, NJ or CA. The bill was written to cover non-resident permits as well. A FL or UT non-resident permit will cover all states regardless of your residency.
I don’t know how to leave a comment other than to reply to one….sorry, I’m an idiot. LegalInsurrection should look at this as a positive, by YOUTUBE deleting you and it making the news MANY more people have heard of you (me included), look for your subscriber numbers to skyrocket. 🙂
(The new comment box is at the bottom of the comment feed.)
How could you not back up your videos?
Maybe the Russians can find copies for you.
Or the NSA.
Looks to me, after taking a look at the consequences for filing an obviously false DMCA takedown, that MLA has taken on some risk for themselves.
Like a great man once said, “punch back twice as hard”.
Minor edit “And a FAILED COMMUNITY ORGANIZER once said ‘punch back twice as hard’ “
All week I have been telling my wife how amazed I am that youtube is completely ignoring numerous major movies uploaded that would normally be short lived because they are going after all the political pages that are not to their groupthink.
Wikipedia nailed The Peoples Cube tonight too.
Tired of Wikipedia…go here…
I don’t know what to think of Infogalactic. Almost all of their content appears to be Wikipedia’s. Is there something about their policies that sets them apart from Wikipedia?
One case in point where Infogalactic differs is the page on Cultural Marxism. Search for the term on both and the results are different. IG returns the original Wikipedia page edited for accuracy. Wikipedia returns a section of the Frankfurt School describing the term as a conspiracy theory. Why was the original page removed from Wikipedia? This is just one example of why Wikipedia has become a converged enterprise populated with SJWs who see their own progressive causes as more important than empirical evidence and facts.
Turns out the guy Mozilla fired for his speech has started a new browser, Brave.com. It’s great:
Thanks for posting that; Good for him to keep working on this and we should support his efforts.
I’m viewing this page on Brave. Been using it a while now.
THANK YOU!!! I have been getting more and more dissatisfied with Firefox. I’m sick of it. It’s slowing down a LOT and it getting quirky. I really appreciate the heads up on Brave (had not heard of it until now). Thanks again. Oh, in case I forgot to say it, thanks!
I’d never heard of your stream or site, so thank the idiots at YouBoob for the free publicity!
If they shut down every copyright claim they would have 3 videos left, two of them of cats falling out of moving cars.
Welcome aboard, Mr. D.
Why would they take down ALL your video’s for one SUSPECT violation complaint by anti semites?
To achieve the goal of total YouTube wipeout of a serious and popular pro-Israel website, of course. The bullshit copyright infringement complaint is merely the vehicle used to do it. They know they’ll lose, but it’s a bit one of those ‘the process is the punishment’ style of attack coupled with, it seems, just pure old spite, given how quickly Mr. Coleman got the purge reversed. I suppose it’s also meant to intimidate other pro-Israel sites into silence. Unfortunately, MLA did not research which bears are safe to poke. They should ask Elizabeth Warren what it’s like to have Professor Jacobson on your case. (I was going to say ‘on your ass’, but since it’s Elizabeth Warren, the mental image evoked might induce vomiting in many LI commenters).
Thank you, Henry.
The flak is thickest directly over the target.
The number of contributors of $1000 and greater has jumped more than threefold recently. A cursory glance at the list reveals at least one notable new donor; Columbia University.
This explains the actions of what at first appeared to be a teacher’s resource group.
The channel is back up!!!
Back up on Daily Motion. A much more tolerant site.
Listened to the audio when it was posted. The bigotry was easy to hear. No wonder they want it gone. At least the MLA did the right thing, the moral thing.
Like with the 3rd graders, these guys want to spread their poison, in secret and with impunity. Most would not hesitate to restrict the content that others want to say.
Are they afraid of what is actually revealed in the light of day? It is a message with an incomplete picture, based on an obsession that reveals a discriminatory intent.
Good deal, sic ’em professor.
I am glad to hear you channel is restored. I support Fair Use and have made a few videos about Fair Use rights such as “Fair Use is Your Right! See Textbook Example Part 1”
I notice YouTube allows you to monetize your videos on the topic of Israel. My channel is subjected to different treatment, YouTube has removed ads from over a hundred of my videos with the claim that reporting on Israel is “too sensitive” for advertisers. Please share my petition if you support freedom of the press: http://www.representativepress.org/YouTubePetition.html
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~Mahatma Gandhi, Barrister.
That’s with principled opponents.
“Had the Japanese got as far as India, Gandhi’s theories of ‘passive resistance’ would have floated down the Ganges River with his bayoneted, beheaded carcass.” — Mike Vanderboegh.
Damn, I hope someone finishes ‘Absolved’ …
True enough. Gandhi’s maxim was intended to bolster honorable resistance within the principled British legal system. Gandhi didn’t do too well with Muslims and Sharia law, hence, enormous suffering, bloodshed, death, and Pakistan. In this case, though, I still harbor shreds of hope for the US legal system’s ability to respond to legal insurrection. We’ll soon see.
Just noticed that the title of one of the good professor’s top 20 videos points out that this is a fake Gandhi quote. Worse yet, it is a fake Gandhi quote used by a BDS supporter. Sigh. My apologies.
So glad to hear update!!!
Glad they reinstated your account, Professor.
Now, back up
I’m disturbed by the statement that hundreds of videos were lost. Do you not keep copies of the material that you present on YouTube?
Well use other channels, what about daily motion, YouTube is part of the google liberal world
Look at the bright side. As others have stated above the actions of YouTube will bring a lot of attention to your site and along with that new subscribers like me.
The lawyerly thing to do is to sue both YouTube and MLA back to the stone age.
Seems to me that some folks over at MLA should be prosecuted for violation of US anti boycott law.
Here’s what I would recommend doing, henceforth.
Since YouTube has proven themselves to be a politically-motivated entity, there’s no guarantee that this kind of situation wouldn’t occur again.
So, to defend against it by technological means (besides legal means):
1.) Since this is a WordPress website, there are numerous plugins designed to propagate video content. I.e. you post a video here, and the plugin(s) *automatically* copy it to YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, VidMax, etc. This removes the time/effort penalty associated with maintaining multiple video channels.
2.) Alternately, check out IFTTT (If This, Then That). It’s a platform that lets you connect various “channels” (not just video channels, but anything from Instagram to Twitter to Gmail to DropBox) and set up IF-THEN “triggers” between them. For example, “IF I post a video to my YouTube channel, THEN copy that video to DailyMotion” … “IF I create a blog post in the “Photo” format, THEN copy it to my Twitter account” … “IF I upload a video into the [foldername] on DropBox, THEN post this video on YouTube” (basically building a “content vault” that also auto-propagates), and so on.
It’s an excellent method of building an automated social media “mesh network” that will multiply your content exposure, and as a side bonus, prevent such “blackouts” as you’ve just experienced.
This methodology also adds a psychological measure of “social proof” by showcasing that you’re not only on YouTube, but you’ve got a “mini media empire” that spans multiple platforms.
P.S. I’ve been a reader of this site for years, and would like to express my sincere thanks for the quality and value of your coverage. Doing a better job than NYT, CNN, and the rest of the mainstream schmucks, combined!
Also note: I’m not sure what your Instagram presence is like, but IG is strictly against automated content posting by 3rd party apps. That’s why you won’t see plugins or IFTTT recipes that end in “…THEN post it on Instagram”.
If you intend to use IG as part of your automated social media, consider setting it up so everything is “downstream” of IG.
In other words, manually post things on IG, and then have the scripts copy it *from* IG to other platforms. That will work; trying to post *to* IG from other platforms will not.
It’s a notable exception to the general “bidirectionality” of other social media platforms. Just pointing it out before you potentially waste time on settings things up and then discovering that oops, IG won’t let you do that.
My personal thanks to MLA. If not for them I would never have known about this wonderful bastion of information. In fact, I think I’ll shoot over to their website and let them know.