Award-Winning Film Comes Under Scrutiny By YouTube
"How to be a Rockstar, the Wasteful Consumption Patterns Story", the award-winning Mockumentary, shot in 4K, was removed from YouTube yesterday claiming it contains inappropriate content- with no further explanation.
By: Intolerance Records
YouTube did not leave a strike on the creator account so the removal is unappealable. "What's so troubling about this removal is the fact that my account has no strikes. If a video is removed, the account will get a strike, then one can appeal the strike. They didn't give me a strike so the links I need to click to appeal aren't available. My defense team and I have called YouTube and nobody on the phone could help. We also attempted to email YouTube about the issue but YouTube doesn't make their web form available if you are not YouTube Partnered and have a minimum of ten thousand views, which we do, so that doesn't make sense either. I will tell you this, I'm not about to let three years of my life disappear into nothing. If there is something unacceptable about the film tell me what it is and I'll edit it for YouTube." explains J. Shepherd, (Co-Writer, Actor, Musician, Production Company and Label Owner of the film.)
Apparently, this problem is rampant across YouTube channels with many Creators complaining. Often times the problem is resolved when the takedown is appealed. Unfortunately, so-called "Strikeless Takedowns" are much rarer and are usually only committed when there is a legal complaint or legal problem with the video.
"All proper channels were followed and all permissions granted, when required, in regards to the release of the film. If someone appears in the film without their knowledge it's because they were filmed in a public place where permission was not needed. All music used in the film is either owned by the label or rights were secured and agreements made. My defense team has all required signatures on file. It's time YouTube stops acting like a faceless corporate giant and gets back to their roots. What made them good was when an individual content creator, such as myself, could make a video and release it. It's disgusting what society has become." said J. Shepherd.
The record label, Intolerance Records, has been releasing (mostly music) videos for ten years on YouTube and has had issues in the past, but never of this magnitude. Without a forum for free expression and creativity, this whole endeavor will be futile. It's sad to see that Mr. Shepherd may be right. We'll see if YouTube decides to make the right decision and at least inform the companies of the errors of their ways so issues can be corrected. I've personally seen the movie and I can vouch that it doesn't violate YouTube's Terms of Service. It's very entertaining and you can tell that a lot of hard work, effort and money was invested into the final release. Many fans will be upset if the movie doesn't come back. Many people already view this film as a "Cult Classic" and have compared it to the likes of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "This is Spinal Tap" and more. There are much, much, much worse videos on YouTube than "How to be a Rockstar, the Wasteful Consumption Patterns Story".
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