[NetBehaviour] Tribute is Not Theft.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Nov 20 15:19:49 CET 2010
Tribute is Not Theft.
Driscoll, 22 January 2010.
Dude, Where's My Video?
From official documentation of U.S. presidential debates to cameraphone
recordings of police brutality, the videos on YouTube represent a
densely interrelated system of making, curating, reading, and remaking
that effectively constitutes a "crossroads" of participatory culture.
Unfortunately, YouTube's centralized architecture has proven unusually
vulnerable to spurious claims of copyright infringement. Of the 283,091
videos tracked by MIT Free Culture's YouTomb project, nearly one quarter
have already vanished (YouTomb, 2009).
Individual users who have their videos removed or their accounts
suspended manifest their anger, confusion, and frustration in a variety
of ways. Some quietly discontinue use and never post another video.
Others lash out at YouTube, Google, and the entertainment industry in
scathing, explitive-laden testimonials (Arrington, 2009). Among users
who identify as members of a fan community, however, responses appear
more measured and effective. This case study concerns the resistant
activities of one such group: the Living Room Rock Gods.
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