Comedy troupe loses YouTube account after viral success of "PS Gay Car," can't get anyone at YT to listen to them

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27 Responses to “Comedy troupe loses YouTube account after viral success of "PS Gay Car," can't get anyone at YT to listen to them”

  1. jgs says:

    One more plank in the “why you shouldn’t trust your ____ to free services from Google” edifice.

  2. vonbobo says:

    Must be the Chinese

  3. oasisob1 says:

    Oh, low-res version available.
    Hilarious.
    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/a55c354181/p-s-gay-car

  4. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    Apparently, one way to get a video you don’t like pulled from YouTube is to have bots watch it. Google interprets this as an attempt to game the system on the part of the uploaders and pulls the video.  Perhaps that’s what happened here.

    • Guysmiley says:

      Except I don’t think that’s what happened here. 40,000 views over a month? That’s really nothing worth paying for. It IS pretty believable that you’d get around that kind of traffic after getting re-posted around the blogs like HuffPo.

      • DewiMorgan says:

        But if 10k of those are from the same IP number or small IP block?
        Someone botting for censorship will do something that obvious.

        Of course, that could happen just from being popular on a single large college campus, too, if they used NAT.

    • Warren Grant says:

      Yeah but because its easy to detect automatically, Google is using this as a means of detecting abuse by owners of content, without considering that its a means of censoring things as you point out. I can foresee a lot of things being censored by this very easy means in the future. 
      I am amazed they have no means to contact them. 

  5. Mo Fielding says:

    39K in a MONTH? After being featured in HuffPo, etc.? That’s not viral, that’s pathetic.

  6. Christopher says:

    The problem is there’s a copyright violation. The lyricist is anonymous, so they couldn’t provide proper attribution.

    • DewiMorgan says:

      The cited ToS violation was apparently botting, not copyright.
      Completely different issue.

      • Christopher says:

        Yeah, I was kidding. And in the absence of any human response to we really know with any certainty what the reason was for the pull? For all we know the author of the note works for Google.

  7. mccrum says:

    People should realize that if they have original material it should go someplace that isn’t typically home for massive amounts of copyright infringement.

  8. Mordicai says:

    The real issue at stake here is that, well, I’m sure with Wil Wheaton & Cory Doctorow’s attention they’ll get this fixed, but there are certainly MANY other cases without “celebrity” attention that have the same problem, you know?

    • David Perry says:

      Yep. I had my AdSense account pulled for the same reason and you can be sure I won’t get celebrity attention to fix it. The problem is much larger than this one video, it’s YouTube’s lack of customer service and accountability.

  9. benher says:

    YouTube gained a lot of ground early and became the defact-Oh go-to video site on the net, but I’m surprised that it’s prominence remains unchallenged in the face of it’s constant expression repression.

    How can the seed of culture be expected to even begin to germinate with such stilted sweeping policies? Creators have better things to do than give a shit about laws, IP, attribution, and other such blah-bitty-blah.

    • Anton Gully says:

      Youtube is a business, not a public service. For the past several decades culture has taken root in the cracks left between corporate intellectual property and that is unlikely to improve any time soon. 

  10. Daemonworks says:

    Youtube is famous for not actually having any people to talk to when they screw up. Just about the only way to contact youtube on /any/ issue is to go through lawyers.

  11. Ted Lemon says:

    It’s unfortunate that the web page these folks put up doesn’t have a concrete action item on it.   Tell youtube to put the video back?   How?

  12. Deidzoeb says:

    If you watch the deleted scenes from Brazil, they show harried junior executives rushing past the offices of Youtube.

    In my world, they do.

  13. DewiMorgan says:

    Large free content providers do this. You simply cannot have a human address every issue when there is an hour’s video being uploaded every second. It’s impossible.

    When my Geocities account got hacked, I gave up trying to get it returned to me after three years of failing to talk to a human, and instead used a DMCA takedown on my own site to have it taken down instead.

    Legal depts have taken the place of tech support depts, now, as the only way to speak to a human – and even most of that is automated. DMCAs don’t get read by humans, and certainly there’s nobody with the time to watch each of the videos they get a DMCA takedown for, and check whether it’s fair use.

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