Don’t Post Videos of Breakaway Patriots

On the smallest stage of Bottelrock festival Breakaway Patriots played a set in May in front of 30-50 people. I shot a couple of their songs and posted them on YouTube. As soon as I posted I got an email from YouTube saying: “Due to a copyright claim, you are no longer monetizing the following YouTube video. It is still playable on YouTube, but the copyright owner could choose to show ads on it.” I thought this was the end of it and I was more than happy to comply with the simple message. all was well. Keep in mind that

  1. I always link to the artist’s home page or Facebook page in the first line of the video’s description. I want to support them and make sure that credit si given, where credit is due.
  2. If someone asks me I take down a video immediately.
  3. I have 500+ videos on my YouTube channel and this is the first time what I describe below happened.

A few days ago, 10 weeks after the above, I got the following email:

Video title: Breakaway Patriot: The Homecoming @ Bottlerock, May 30, 2014
Video url:…
Takedown issued by: Breakaway Patriot
Video title: Breakaway Patriot: Righteous Minds @ Bottlerock, May 30, 2014
Video url:…
Takedown issued by: Breakaway Patriot
This means that your video can no longer be played on YouTube, and you may have lost access to some features of YouTube.

You received a copyright strike

You now have 1 copyright strike. Getting multiple copyright strikes can lead to the termination of your account and the removal of all your videos. To avoid that from happening, please don’t upload videos that contain copyrighted content that you aren’t allowed to use.

When I logged on to YouTube next I had to watch a video and do a quick quiz about it, which is fine. My account is now (till February)  limited to videos shorter than 15 minutes and cannot have private or unlisted videos.

I understand if bands don’t want to see their music or video online. All they had to do shoot me an email and my shaky videos would have been gone. But I don’t like the automatic and punishing way this band or their lawyers or label handled the issue. I kind of like their music, but I make sure that I won’t mentioned them in any way in the future, so not to promote them. They just lost a potential fan.

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