No doubt you’ve see posts in your Facebook newsfeed of cute, astonishing, and unbelievable videos.
They are fun to watch, right? You may have also shared them with your friends.
But what if I told you that video was stolen?
Yup! Flat out Pirated from somewhere like YouTube and then uploaded to Facebook as if somebody took it themselves. It’s happening more and more everyday. Here’s one from my friend Jeremy.
It seems innocent enough – right? How can you tell it’s stolen? The key is if it’s been uploaded to Facebook directly.
Compare that to a YouTube video you might have shared and you’ll see it says “shared a link“.
Even when someone shares that same video from my timeline it still says “link”
Why is this even important?
Erika beat me to it the other day when she posted this:
James was the first one to really use this as a marketing plan but now others are doing the Monkey See – Monkey Do.
Remember: First of all it’s stealing content. Secondly, it’s stealing millions of views each week from the rightful owners in an effort to build their own brand. Don’t be a “James Ellis” you can be better than that.
Now as for the true owner of that Badpiper video… I tracked down the person who shot it and uploaded it to their YouTube Channel. Officially it’s the property of Jackie Jet (https://www.facebook.com/jackiejetphotography). On Youtube it has an ad. It’s the owner who sets the monitization. So it’s from her you are stealing views and as a result actual dollars from. (she accepts your apology).
So did she upload it to Facebook originally? Nope. Check it!
Oh and yeah, the BadPiper? His name is Cam McAze
If you want to share it – here it is:
You’ll notice the video quality is better, the audio is better, and you’ll even feel better knowing that you did the right thing. (except for you James Ellis – may you rot in marketing hell)
Does it really matter? To some people – no it doesn’t. To others who depend on YouTube for income – Yes it does. Then again, what if your kid is the next David after Dentist? How would you feel if people stole your kids video? There is no such thing as a victimless crime.