Something is happening on YouTube, and I’m not exactly sure what to do with this information. On one hand, it could be a great thing, on the other, it could produce a huuuge copyright protection scandal. Since not very long, full-length movies and series started to appear on Youtube. No, I am not going to provide links, mostly because I am not yet sure what’s exactly happening there, and because my paranoia suggests this could be an “inside job”.
We all know how SOPA, PIPA and ACTA are fighting against copyright infringement, but mostly in vain, because none of these laws were actually ratified yet. Uploading themselves pirated material (happened before), just to show politicians how “out of hand” copyright protection is, could be a possibility. After all, they always played dirty, wouldn’t really be a shock. The fact that some of these movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean, Rain Man and others have been online on Youtube for several months now, and have been viewed in some cases over a million times, makes things seem even more suspicious. Youtube claims they can block or delete a video only if someone comes forward with proof of ownership for a given material. All fine with that. Nothing to argue. However I fail to see how a movie like “Rain Man” that has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in just a few months for absolutely no charge, can pass unseen by the many owners of copyright related to it. I know people who shot a 3 minute video at a concert with a horrible camera, uploaded it to Youtube, and got copyright infringement notice in under a week, and sure enough, the video was taken down.
These movies are still up and running. Oh, and almost all of them are in HD! I have the friggin’ DVD at home and it’s not HD! So, it’s a Blu-ray rip for sure, which translates into new and improved editions of a previously DVD-based productions. I for the love of God, can not comprehend what’s happening out there. I have nothing against movies being uploaded to Youtube as long as it’s not a grand scheme to push through ACTA and SOPA. Some say it’s not, furthermore, I’ve heard and read declarations saying the movie industry can very well monetize a movie once it’s live on Youtube, especially if we’re talking about those movies that have been produced at least 2-3 years ago, and in which case selling the DVD is not a profitable option any more. Also the immense number of movies launched every year pushes TV companies to let go of older movies, and focus on the newer ones, otherwise they’ll just end up bankrupt by providing outdated material. This line of logic is also very probable, and in my heart I do hope it’s the real one, and that my paranoia is completely stupid and unnecessary. I am extremely curious to find out, and once I do, rest assured, I will do the Christian thing, and share the information.