I uploaded the two Michigan Hockey national championship games of 1996 and 1998. Both seem to be still viewable by anyone
ZEFR is a company that works with movie studios and other media outlets to post licensed clips on youtube. Basically they are saying that you cant post those videos because you dont have a license like they do. It is bs, your videos seem to be fair use. I believe Brian had a similar problem with mgoblog youtube videos being blocked, try to contact him to see what he did.
I'm having the same exact problem!!! I have a bunch of Michigan football/basketball games plus Michigan replays from 2003-2007 n there being blocked I think they've blocked like 15 videos so far. I'm not sure wht to do cause it says the audio/visual content is copyright for ZEFR
Wow I'm glad you're in the same boat and not the only one. I've had 3 of my videos pulled down by these bastards as well. (2003 vs houston, 2004 vs miami and 2006 vs iowa).
So far I've fought them all with counterclaims on youtube since I own all of the footage on my account. But with youtube being youtube, they'll most likely take the corporation's side and screw us over.
My option is either fight these assholes until the end or take my talents (lolz) to Dailymotion or Vimeo and post my content there.
I assume Thorin is having these same problems as well.
Yeah, same here. We're pretty much fucked.
It's a shame too cause Michigan had more games on YouTube than any other team in the country from what I've seen. Theyll probably b gone soon so I would download as much as u can
So on my channel, I have you (WH), goblue16, Thorin and my names in this funky group called the Wolverine YouTube Alliance.
If this crap continues and I don't win my counterclaims. we should all take our content and put it on another site like Dailymotion or Vimeo. Or just create a new site alltogether which could be hard.
If they're blocking coaches' film from the 70s, and you're sure that ZEFR doesn't have rights to that content, get in contact with Youtube and let them know that you'll be contesting any and all DMCA notices from ZEFR until this is resolved. This is blatantly illegal since they obviously don't have good-faith reason to say that they own that footage.. I'm sure an IP lawyer would be able to advise you.
I'm worried that me giving them threats will just make them remove the account and not even deal with it.
This is so stupid. I've had this account since 2007. But now in 2013, copyright is suddenly an issue.
Nope nope... if Youtube gets accused of suppressing your right to defend yourself, they're really screwed both publicity-wise and legally. Fight it tooth and nail. There's no "playing nice" with copyright trolls.
Here's a little background on false DMCA claims:
That said, false DMCA claims really need to be punished much, much, much more harshly to prevent corporations from just sending out DMCA claims en masse. But you do have options.
ZEFR is also called Movieclips, who has a partnership with Youtube. I would assume that they are removing everyone elses videos so they can protect their own interests.
I enjoy your work. Hope you can find a work around as others have suggested. Here is a link re zefr.
You may want to transfer your videos to another site. I realize easier said than done.
I just had another video flagged. One where I PURCHASED THE CONTENT IN IT.
I filed a claim for all 4 of them now. Put my neck and account on the line. Give me liberty or give me death.
Purchasing the content doesn't give you a license to distribute it.
Fuck it. I'm done. I've been playing back and forth with the assholes by disputing claims and ZEFR keeps reinstating them. Youtube isn't even in charge of their own site. And they now have taken them down permanently. Now they're making me do a stupid copyright quiz. That's the last straw for me.
Fuck youtube. I say we take our vids to Dailymotion. There are no such thing as rules there.
I've taken that quiz at least 10 times. After you finish moving your videos, can you move my 2000 videos (including the deleted ones that I don't have copies of)?
I just set up my Dailymotion account and uploaded 2 videos.
The transfer process is very tedious and will take awhile but I'm willing to help out everyone with the downloading of the videos. I think if you still have the original link of the deleted video, it will work on savevid. Test er out.
Dailymotion is the wild west. There are no rules there. Vimeo requires a subscription after a certain amount of content is uploaded.
I know we've butt heads in the past, but the only way to solve this problem is to work together.
I'm going to keep uploading to YouTube. ZEFR is annoying but they're not blocking videos as fast as I'm uploading them. You can also re-upload stuff as long as you do something to the file to change the checksum like add or cut one second. For example, I re-uploaded the 2012 MSU game after it was blocked:
Be careful though if u keep uploading the same video that was blocked they might flag your account
It's not the same video if it has a different checksum. Trust me, YouTube employs no humans.
I'm still stuck on the stupid defective quiz. I can't get past it. Every time I submit it it says Authorization Error. I'm using Chrome, tried Firefox same thing happened. Would IE work?
I've enjoyed your videos a lot & they help me get through the off season. Let us know if you do decide to take your wealth of wolverine awesomeness somewhere else.
Please let us know if you're forced to post elsewhere. I love your stuff and my only wish (selfishly) is that you had more game footage from the 70's.
What happens if you take videos that haven't been flagged yet on YouTube and make them unlisted? It might keep the trolls at bay since they might not be able to find them, but it would still allow you to embed them wherever you want.
I suppose it defeats the purpose of letting people stumble across them on YouTube, but at least it may let you keep some kind of control over the content you have there.
This is a good point. Wolverine Historian, you might want to consider getting a site like the MGoVideo guys have, have your videos unlisted on Youtube, then embedded on your site. That could be a possible workaround.
It won't work. ZEFR and other content owners search for embeds too. I've had several unlisted videos blocked. Having a site also means their lawyers will come after you personally instead of just blocking your videos through YouTube's copyright system.
There's got to be millions of sports videos on YouTube.
And other college teams have their own historians. Oklahoma, Nebraska, OSU, Notre Dame, Florida, USC, Iowa, Virginia, etc. They don't have as much content as I do but if I'm getting blocked, they better be too.
God, this sucks.
I think ZEFR is blocking Big Ten only.
Really sad. I hope this works out for you. What you do is highly valued by the M fan community and it's seriously not defrauding anyone. These 3rd party copyright witch hunt assholes are just out to make a buck.
I want to be a copyright litigator. I'm currently in law school. I will contact you in a little over two years. Can you tread water until then?
Can you (or any mgolawyer) send an email to mgovideo at gmail dot com? Notre Dame has filed a complaint against me and the guy who helped Brian before has been slow in getting back to me. I know you're still a student but I would appreciate it if you could read the complaint and let me know what you think.
@WolverineHistorian: Dude you do an awesome job!
thanks for all those vids.....considered switching to some other site?
dailymotion...hudl ....something like that
I just received emails for all my counterclaims and ZEFR has released it's claim on my videos. They dropped it immediately.
I need to reupload them now.
Huh? You said you were doing the quiz last night which means you just got a copyright strike. It takes at least 10-14 days to process a counter-notification.
Not what I just got in my email. I'm at work right now but I'll post a screenshot of the email later.
Stupid bitches won't stop. They're going after all of my videos.