[NetBehaviour] Tribute is Not Theft.

marc garrett 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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