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YouTube Google caves into political copyrights…

22, July, 2009

YouTube Google cave into political copyrights – by Parveez Syed (c) 21 July 2009

The global giant who brought MySpace, Facebook and YouTube gave in to a poilitically motivated copyright threat of law suit. The pressure panicked Google into imposing blanket ban on YT user spsyed for hightening public aware to Indian women’s rights issue (described here http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7a9adeb51f1ae6c4f5).

Spsyed uploaded many music videos, citing rights abuses; plights of the women and people displaced by dam project in Gujarat-India, subverted justice, Hindu terrorism, plagarism in Bollywood as well as the murky death of a rapidly rising Bollywood films queen Divya Bharti soon after she converted to Islam, changed her name to Sanah and married a Muslim film maker Sajid Nadiadwala.

The additional information spsyed provided diligently made “dmcl” India extremely unhappy. The blanket ban motivated spsyed to move some of the videos complete with the additional information to other video sharing websites, away from cowardly, spineless, guttless, ball-less and even brainless YouTube Google directors.

Describing the plight of four women in the 2001 Bollywood movieLajja,” for example, the banned YouTuber and veteran media-guru spsyed, wrote “this film is about the plight of four Indian women and how they are patronised and controlled” in India. See link here http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7a9adeb51d1beacbf5 ;

Giving other examples of rampant plagarism in the Bollywood, such as the 2002 filmDil Hai Tumhaara,” and the 2002 film Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya” he wrote the two tunes “were copied twice from Pakistani- Punjabi songBoohey Bariyan‘ (meaning doors and windows) by Hadiqa Kiani,” link here http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7a9adeb51f1fe6c1f5, and here http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7a9adeb51f11e9c0f5, as well as the 1995 filmYaraana” that plagarised Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan‘s rendition “Mera Piya Ghar Aaya” link here http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7a9adeb51c19e2c0f5 and here http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7a9adeb51c1de0c6f5 ;

In another description about the 2006 filmFanaa“, for example, the veteran media-guru spsyed wrote “The film was banned by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) fans in Gujarat-India where Aamir Khan’s posters and effigy were burnt. As a result, almost all film exhibitors said they could not provide security to customers, and so they refused to screen this movie in the Indian state. Indian Supreme Court rejected appeal to provide protection in Gujarat where people felt threatened by Hindu terrorists and the BJP who disliked Aamir Khan’s legitimate humanitarian and legal concerns about the rehabilitation of villagers displaced by Narmada Dam project, and made the fim makers lose over 20 per cent income/revenue in the Indian state”. In an earlier court ruling about massacre of minorities in Gujarat, BPJ fans subverted justice in criminal murder trials. See link here http://www.motionbox.com/videos/7a9addb31a1eeccaf5

In other music video descriptions the veteran media-guru named and praised under-paid and unrecognised Bollywood lyricists, writers and playback singers, always with due copyright credits. He even corrected misleading quotes from the disputed, outdated and unproven claims removed by the “Guiness Book of Records” in 1992 about the alleged achivevements of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar who even marginalised her own younger sister, Asha Bhosle, forcing Asha eat crumbs leftover by Lata. And so on and so on with each of some 400 video clips spsyed uploaded with related diligent and added researched infortainment.

Such additional information also made spsyed YT channel rise rapidly in global YT charts, reaching top 20 by Thursday 16 July 2009 in a few weeks from the April/May 2009 start date. YouTube Google imposed blanket ban on spsyed channel, seemingly for violating fair use copyrights of a relatively unknown “dmcl”. All video clips are licensed with due credits under “fair use” provisions of the copyright laws, and a Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 2.5 License.

Three of the clips were from a relatively unknown India media outfit “dmcl” which is linked to Zee TV which is in turn linked to Indian intelligence agency RAW. Those three dmcl video clips, along with some 400 similar items, were removed rapidly by YT Google within 24 hours. However, the 400 clips are still available from hundreds of other YT Google links, but without the additional information. So, it proves that the blanket ban on spsyed was politically motivated with copyright pretext or cover

The veteran media-guru spsyed who is also an investigative journalist tracked down Indian owned “dmcl” that is linked to Zee TV network, hiding behind YouTube Google blanket censorships and bans. The former YT customer spsyed discovered human rights violations, social, cultural, religious and economic problems exist in India at a much gigantic proportion but the Indian media and journalists are ordered to suppress, stifle and strangle the democratic debates over the issues on every media outlet in India and abroad.

He discovered that almost all governments have given a free hand to their respective intelligence agencies to fund, manipulate, direct broadcasting and publishing media groups to gain the required results, strangle freedom of speech, stifle competition, malign, demonise, exclude, marginalise alternative democratic views, promote propaganda, misinformation, foreign policy objectives, promote Hindu mythology, and build India’s hegemonic image. The covert Indian intelligence hands fund and direct them.

Since 1970s, the Indian intelligence agency “Research and Analysis Wing” (RAW) has increasingly taken the issue more seriously than its contemporary counterparts in the region and even around the world. Some of the funny money (US $25m) also came from the Swedish Bofor gun-run deals. Some of the RAW media assets were funded by top RAW agents including Vasant Parekh, Indian misinformation ministers Parmod Mahajan and Sushma Swaraj who enforced sweeping draconian powers under the lethal 1980 Indian National Security Act combined with the 1990 Indian broadcasting laws such as “Prasar Bharati Act,” Chapter IV, 23; “Power of Central Government to give Directions” if they did not comply with the RAW orders. RAW uses and abuses imaginitive, inventive and creative pretexts to penalise channels not receptive of its directives.

RAW is spending over US $500m every year on their media assets at home and abroad, and their Zee TV dmcl linked pet is not included in this budget. That is the kind of money British and American governments invest on their media assets. RAW continues to use the Indian government money, resources and assets to create a solid grip on Indian and non-Indian media groups and their workforce. RAW trains and enables young Indians to penetrate into different broadcasting and publishing media groups, including the BBC (India Hour), CNN, Google, YT, Microsoft, even China Daily, and the Beijing Review, to promote “good” Indian images, perceptions and perspective as ordered and planted by the RAW. It induces Non-Indian journalists, reporters, columnists and brainwashed “analysts” with all paid lavish functions, seminars and even holidays in India and the UAE. RAW funds popular “talent” shows complete with advertisement support on Indian TV channels beamed around the world. In addition to funding and patronising over to 100 newspapers in Indian and abroad, RAW assets work for Zee TV, SONY Entertainment Television (SET), Asian News International (ANI), 9x News, Aajtak, NDTV 24×7, Times now, TV9, Time TV, Essel Group, Sunrise Radio and Sunrise TV, just to name a few. RAW’s media assets would deny their links with RAW. However, their news content frequently give away any semblance of neutrality that Indian channels portray, exposing their real faces and the Indian government’s propaganda campaigns. They continue to narrate RAW orchestrated scripts like parrots in a predictable frenzy copied from Fox, Sky and even the BBC.

RAW also established South Asian Free Media association (SAFMA) who manage to generate funds for the highly lavish functions and seminars under its banners.

Without such diligent facts and infortainment, according to spsyed: “most YT users, for exmple, feel they are using a computer with nothing better to do“. “There is a growing sense among YT, Facebook and MySpace users that the amount of time a person spends on the Google-owned websites may be inversely proportional to how much is going on in the person’s life, on or offline. Perhaps unfairly, you may get the impression that only bored, dull or brainless people love video clips on the sites with nothing new or more to say about the clips. The sites long-term survival is up to the people who use it creatively. The quality of the added facts with the clip content that people share would most likely to contribute to the longevity of the such global social networking sites far more than the sheer number of people who connect with each other to share the clips,” spsyed explained. This story is still developing. Has anyone probed the link between Zee TV, RAW, YouTube Google and “dmcl”? As a banned YouTube customer, I am also investigating the alleged links. The report will be published here. It would be rejected by the spineless, guttless, and ball-less RAW assets, including the BBC and even C4UK. E&OE.

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Copyright vultures strangle freedom, competition – by Parveez Syed (c) 17 July 2009

17, July, 2009

 

Copyright laws are being abused by some large vultures to strangle freedom and stifle competition. The vultures ignore the legal significance of the doctrine of fair use, for creators, commerce, consumers and the soaring global social networks for over one billion people around the world. The 1976 US Copyright law permits a wide range of uses of copyrighted material without permission or payment. But many provisions of the law are being abused by many Internet platforms based in the USA and around the world. The ignorant mindset from India, for example, stifle, strangle and deny freedom of speech, critical thinking and comments.

 

“Fair use” is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant(as on popular video-sharing and social networking websites, such as YouTube, MySpace and Facebook, etc) even in situations where the law provides no specific authorisation for the use in question, such as the media literacy education providing specific, researched and additional information related to the content and topics in audio-visual and textual formats, and thus adding value to build knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills.

 

The additional information or knowledge cultivates and enables critical thinking and expression about media content and its glocal social and global networking roles in anyone country, across the frontiers and around the world. The common collective benefits to six billion people outweighs almost any other financial consideration or commercial factors. Moreover, such discussions with fair use of popular culture content do not deprive the copyright owners of revenue, and would increase the marketability of the original content far and wide. However, the evidence is removed or deleted within hours by YouTube-Google to please Indian vultures, thereby denying the rights of over two billion people living in south-east Asia, central Asia, the Middle East, USA, UK, EU, Canada, Australia, thus strangling freedom of speech and critical thinking by unnecessary, needless and even baseless copyright restrictions on fair business practices.

 

It just takes one copyright vulture to panic YouTube Google to impose blanket banconsumer account that frequently contains content from other major content providers-advertisers. Every eye ball represents free residual content promotion, particularly with related additional information, descriptions and tags. But the blanket YouTube Google bans deprive other copyright ownersof sales and marketing platforms, free promotion and profits as non-infringing content is also removed by YouTube Google. In one recent case one unknown and unidentified copyright claimant alleged infringement on three out of some 400 items, and panicked YouTube Google to impose blanket ban on the remaining 397 items. That means over 99% of the items were deemed to have been uploaded or added under fair use provisions of the law. However, unilateral Google bans deprived much larger advertisers such as iTunes, and 80 other content providers such as the official Michael Jackson websites, Sony Music, iTunes, Yash Raj Films, Eros, Shemaroo and Rajshri who were happy with “advertising banner” on their items. This blanket ban was imposed on a top 20 YouTube Google channel that became very popular within three months of its launch to reach the rank worldwide. In this case, for example, the reason of its rapid popularity was its rare ability to add researched value to each content on its channel. The blanket ban also deprived established and new content creaters who remain less greedy and who welcome competition even from  greedy copyright vultures.

 

YouTube Google also refused to identify the copyright claimants who allege copyright violations or infringements. YouTube Google users diligently try to identify and locate the real copyright owner but were stonewalled by YT-Google copyright, legal and support teams. By refusing to provide complete legal discovery information unconditionally, YouTube Google is in breach of the legal provisions of the copyright laws in the USA where the global company is based.

 

The material remains in the public domain, frequently without additional information and descriptions, and in this particular case, the three items are still available from over 800 links on YouTube and Google video alone. In this case, the unknown copyright holder seems to single out some YouTube Google users in order to stifle competition, strangle freedom of speech and critical comments about Indian copycats; plight of Indian women(as in film Lajja), and the people displaced or made homeless by a dam project in Gujarat, subverted justice, human rights for the second, third or even fourth class Indian nationals, untouchable sects, lack of democracy in India, inadequate compensation for the creators such as lyricists, story writers, musicians and singers as well as lack of women’s rights. Ironically, Bollywood film makers and music composers frequently rip off, plagiarise violate, infringe and abuse copyrights of many American and European writers as well as lyricists, musicians, popular and cultured melody makers from Pakistan, frequently with citation or without giving due credit to the original sources.

 

In the final analysis: Instead of imposing unilateral blanket, it is possible for YouTube Google to remove each disputed items until the issues are resolved. Right from the outset (05 April 2009) on YouTube Google, for example, my goal is to empower people to discuss the issues in the media content, providing new or other uses for the original work, reaching more audience far and wide with additional informational content, descriptions and tags. Most viewers prefer the truly creative efforts of individuals who provide additional information or knowledge with the entertaining or educational content. As a result, the channel rapidly became popular, reaching thousands of viewers every day, consistently ranking around top 20 worldwide in less than sixty days from the outset and banned by YouTube Google on Thursday 16 July 2009. Clearly, there is a need to make YouTube Google find democratic and viable solutions in a free market economy for healthy and fair competition. That would also expose copyright vultures who are smart enough to infringe or copy other people’s copyrights and then use their copies to stifle competition, strangle and freedom of speech, democracy and human rights by curtailing critical thinking and comments. It goes without saying that under Section 512(f), YouTube Google along with some major copyright vultures, knowingly or materially misrepresents copyright allegations or activity is infringing may be subject to liability for damages. It has always been the responsibility of the copyright holder to defend their copyright. Basically, they and YouTube Google wants additional information uploaders to do copyright vulture’s job.