Out of all the ridiculous shit ever thought up, I’d like to say that MPAA takes home the trophy this year. Yeah, I know the year isn’t over yet, but I have a strong feeling that nothing will ever be as ridiculous as considering people pirates for embedding a video on their websites.
Here’s the original report. There’s just one image to express my distaste in this new attempt to incriminate more people for simply sharing content that they like:
Who the hell thought of this? I couldn’t even predict that. For those of you who don’t understand what embedding is, let me try to explain in the simplest terms possible:
So, you have a website, and you want to show a video on it, but you don’t want to discredit the originator and take away views from him on YouTube. Since you want to let the original author get views and put his/her advertising on the video, therefore allowing the originator to continue collecting revenue for the video, you choose to place some code on your site that indirectly points your visitors to the video. The video still shows on your page, but it’s “embedded,” meaning that a little piece of YouTube is on your page, still giving YouTube its traffic and giving the video’s uploader views.
Theoretically, this system gives people their due credit, don’t it? It’s not like you’re claiming that it’s your video. Why the hell shouldn’t you show it to others?
The MPAA disagrees. According to the article I linked to earlier, you’re a pesky criminal.
Here’s their argumentation: ”Although there is nothing inherently insidious about embedded links, this technique is very commonly used to operate infringing internet video sites,” the organization writes. “Pirate sites can offer extensive libraries of popular copyrighted content without any hosting costs to store content, bandwidth costs to deliver the content, and of course licensing costs to legitimately acquire the content.” The MPAA also notes that embedding can enable sites to monetize infringing content by surrounding it with ads.
Sounds very good, but they forgot one thing: You’re still giving the originator his/her due credit by embedding the video, dumbass! There are ads all over The Tech Guy. Am I trying to profit from videos posted here?
You know what? This is so fuckin’ preposterous that I’m going to post a video here:
Here’s a message directed at the MPAA:
And here’s another video, because I’m a criminal like that:
Oh crap! I see a van pulling up out the window. I’m in trouble now.
Hi guys! What’s the problem? I embedded a video? Well, just give me a minute to call my lawy…. WAIT! STOP! NO! I HAVE RIGHTS!