Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Unnecessary Unboxing Episode 20: Wii U Undercover

So while I still deal with the copyright issues with my channel, you can enjoy this copyright-free unnecessary unboxing video I made for U!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The copyright fiasco continues

Following up from my last post, I was awaiting results of appeals I made on copyright claims on my videos. I got the results back, and it's this:

So which one of them went the whole extra mile to make sure my video stays down? Was it UMG or Sony? It was Sony. Sony Music to be more precise. Although I wouldn't call the UMG "a good guy", they might have been a bit slower with their answer than Sony. So now my account is in the red strike zone because of it:

So what now?
I can submit a Copyright Counter-Notification, which could make them take me to court, which they would probably do because they have infinite money and they like wasting other peoples time. I can contact them, send a personal message asking for them to retract their copyright claim. I could wait out 6 months for the Copyright strike to be removed. I will do the later two, I just need to find how to contact Sony.
By the way the video "Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 12" was the one that got taken down because of it. I can no longer upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes, and my videos are usually longer than that, thus rendering my account useless at this point. The song that matched the copyright claim was "Africa - Toto", which is a wildly popular song nowadays that everyone tries to get a hold of through Lets Play vidoes that contain voice and game sounds over it. Psst, I'm being sarcastic.
So yeah, probably wait for a new video on YouTube after 6 months, and maybe something else that will be posted here earlier but on a different video host.
Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 25, 2013

UMG and SME are playing Copyright Nazis on my videos

As some of you might know, I have quite a few Lets Play videos of GTA 3, GTA VC, and GTA SA, all of which can be found on YouTube.
These games include music in them, or a soundtrack, whatever you prefer to call it. Well, most of these videos (about 70%) have been flagged for copyright claims by YouTubes copyright infringement finder (which probably produces about 90% of false positives), and hey, every Lets Player has probably had one claim on his/hers account do to this tool. The one reason we still put up with this is because we can "Dispute" these claims, and usually they would go through. Now because I'm writing this article (or something) you can probably tell that this is not the case for me.
Basically, only recently I've noticed that most of my GTA Lets Plays got marked for Copyright claims. It's worth mentioning that I noticed it, because the International Olympic Committee decided to take down my newly uploaded "Biathlon Rush" video (which is also a Lets Play of a game) because it looked like footage from a real biathlon event or something? I mean, the game doesn't even look that realistic. Or maybe it was the audio of a generic event announcer (which it actually pointed to), but anyway, we'll see how that dispute works out later.
Back to the point. I've always disputed these claims as "Fair Use", because that's essentially what it is. Every claimed video had a song from the game, in the game, playing in the radio or during cutscene or whatever, while other sounds (car engine, gun shots etc.) were present, and my voice was covering it up. The songs were licensed by Rockstar games, and the only one who should be able to claim copyright is Rockstar games (or Take Two (the publisher)) themselves, in which case it would still be wrong and douchy but atleast they would have a better case. This is just ridiculous. The fact that I disputed these claims and they rejected the disputes makes me wonder, do they even check them, or are they just automated to reject everything because "WE MUST PROTECT OUR PROPERTY BY MAKING SURE IT'S NOT BEING USED SOMEWHERE WITHOUT OUR AGREEMENT (IN WHICH WE GET PAID A LOT) AND THUS MAKING SURE THAT SOMEONE DOESN'T EVEN HEAR A PART OF THE SONG AND LIKES IT AND DECIDES TO PURCHASE IT, THUS GIVING US MONEY, BECAUSE THAT'S WRONG."? I really think this is how these corporations think, they just have no fucking sense of reality, no dignity, and they're so obsessed with money and protection of their property that they don't realize that what they are doing is hurting them more than anything. But hey, they don't care about "the little guy", the regular person that doesn't mean any harm to them, the person that might even give them money for their product they didn't even fucking make. They only care about piracy and stopping it, and whatever gets hit in the process it doesn't matter to them because piracy is bad and were not making enough billions. It's like invading a whole country to eliminate a man... it's like dropping an atom bomb on a city because they destroyed your base...hmm, now I see where their mentality comes from.

Anyway, by the end of 2013 I should know if my appeals have gone through fine, or not. My account is currently in "bad standing" due to this, therefore I cannot upload videos longer than 15 minutes (while most of my videos are more than 20 minutes long) from now on. If I get another "red light" it's pretty clear that I will just have to shut down my show on YouTube and maybe move it somewhere else, or even abandon it all together. I didn't even have these kinds of problems when I used to do music reviews.

So far only UMG and Sony Music Entertainment rejected my disputes.

Here's my appeal message to them:
There is no direct broadcast of the song. The song is part of the game, and serves a purpose as any other sound in the game. Rockstar Games have paid license fees to include the song in the game. The song is also not clear, it is covered by my voice and in game sounds. Inclusion of this song in the video wasn't volunteer, as it was built in the game and I had no control of it other than removing that part from the video which would damage this video. Furthermore, I am not making any money from this video, all videos on my channel are not monetized, and there are no plans to monetize them in the future. This is a small channel, which very few people follow, but this is my hobby, and by putting these unfair copyright claims on my or any other peoples similar videos you are restricting our production and essentially annoying us and our viewers/fans. In result you're putting people off from your productions and putting yourself in a negative light to the point where people start to see you as what someone would call "Copyright Nazis". I have done nothing wrong, and your rejections of my disputes only serves to show your ignorance on this question. I hope you can understand my point of view and correct this.

Here's my YouTube channel:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Biathlon Rush: Episode 6

An Old previously unreleased video from May 2012. It's Biathlon RUSH! WOOO! Who even remembers those series.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I left blip, so they fired me.

So recently the video hosting website that I have been using since I started making Lets Plays and that other stuff I'm trying to avoid mentioning now, have been closing channels that don't meet their ToS agreement. One of the victims was my friend Dan(Painkiller), who apparently didn't meet their criteria of "Original Series" by reviewing Booze with his friend Johnny Oldschool. Considering I consider his reviews to be "Original Series (of reviews)", just like anyone on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com do, makes me think, will they start shutting down TGWTG crew's channel down..when TGWTG were pretty much one made blip to what it is now. While I doubt that will happen, I decided to leave blip myself, mainly because I think what they're doing is bullshit. Also, I absolutely don't comply with their "Original Series" thing. I would call what I posted there, more like "Random Unoriginal Series of Video Game related activities".
Also, when I officially announced on Twitter (as official as it can be) that I'm leaving blip, a day later I received an email from blip saying that they're shutting down my account. Ooops, you got me blip, just as I left, you noticed that there's nothing original about my channel and you're taking it down now, great timing.
Thank god I prepared for a moment like this, since I've started, and pretty much all my videos are on YouTube too. Except for the unmentionables, but whatever, I might upload them somewhere else.

So what would I choose as an alternative video hosting site now?
Well, Vimeo still sucks, still it's been launched, so that's not an option.
There's something that looks better than Blip.tv, and it's Dailymotion.com, so I might go with that. That would mean I would have to reupload all my videos up there, which would take me a while, and what I do not plan to do with my current internet connection, but when I move back to Latvia.

So that's why you wont see anymore blip embedded stuff here, so just fallow the YouTube link, and send me a message if some videos aren't available at all.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lets Play: Scribblenauts Unlimited Episode 1 feat Agnese

A new lets play I hope you will enjoy. Featuring my girlfried Agnese.

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube in up to 1080p: Link

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Collector

Some of you might remember a project I did with Toms Taukulis (my friend) about a year a go. For those who don't, well you can check it out here:

This short was selected for "Best Films" list of balticshorts.com , pretty fancy if you ask me.
And hey, I did the narration. Give it a look if you have some spare time.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lets Play: GTA San Andreas Episode 1

Helloooo! Starting new Lets Play series! Always fun, right? Anyways, this is the first episode of Lets Play GTA San Andreas. I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 18

Hello my most favorite people in the world! How are you? ..oh..I'm sorry.. well, here's something that might brighten your day a bit, or make it worse! Come on, what do you have to lose? Time? Who needs time anyways?
Episode 18, I hope you fucking enjoy it!

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 17

Heeeeeeeey, another Vity Episode for you..by now you should be sick of them..good!

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 16

Hey, another episode of Lets Play GTA Vice City. Progressing through the game step by step. I hope you enjoy.

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 15

I've been to productive with these episodes of Lets Play GTA Vice City lately. So here's another one! I hope you enjoy!

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 14

Rolling around at the speed of sound.. eh.. wrong game.
Anyways, in this episode I do some stuff, maybe even some missions, WHO KNOWS? I do, but that's not the point. Just watch it, or not, whatever. Please do though. I hope you enjoy or something.

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 13

Now that I've figured out what to do, I proceed at trying to do that! Was I successful? Not sure.

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NBA myAss Episode 3 - vs Lakers

It's the Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Lakers in the third game of the Season. I hope you enjoy.

For the sake of not spoiling result with the scoreboard in the thumbnail, please visit appropriate links for the videos:
1st Half
2nd Half

And unless you're done with the above, don't even try this:
Spoiler-less "In case of overtime, click" link

Friday, January 25, 2013

Best of Lets Play: GTA III

Hello my most favorite people!
I bring you a compilation of the best moments from my Lets Play of GTA III, so that you don't have to watch all 5 hours of that crap. I hope you enjoy!

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lets Play: GTA Vice City Episode 12

Big gaps between episodes is now a tradition! (hopefully not though).

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

NBA myAss Episode 2 - vs Sacramento

It's the Chicago Bulls vs Sacramento Kings in the second game of the Season. I hope you enjoy.

For the sake of not spoiling result with the scoreboard in the thumbnail, please visit appropriate links for the videos:
1st Half
2nd Half

And unless you're done with the above, don't even try this:
Spoiler-less "In case of overtime, click" link

Friday, January 4, 2013

Lets Play: Police Simulator - Episode 3

Did I solve the Homicide case? Find out in this episode! Exciiiiiting!

Alternatively you can watch it on Youtube: Link

Check out Bulimic Orgy (the group, not the actual.."event"):

Here's some Free Albums from them:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

NBA myAss Episode 1 - vs Phoenix

Here's the first episode of NBA myAss series. This is the first game of the season, and it's vs Phoenix, playing in Chicago. I hope you enjoy.

For the sake of not spoiling result with the scoreboard in the thumbnail, please visit appropriate links for the videos:
1st Half
2nd Half

And unless you're done with the above, don't even try this:
Spoiler-less "In case of overtime, click" link

NBA myAss - Prelude (Setup and Introduction)

Hello, and welcome to my new "Lets Play" or something, called NBA myAss. The Ass part comes from the word Association, since this is what I am playing. I hope you enjoy this very entertaining setup video.