niobeh wrote:Unfortunately, this is all I see (as usual when you try to watch any Video related in any way to Elvis music). YouTube would have to pay a couple of Cents to the GEMA every time a video holding copyrighted material is being played and they are not willing to do that. So by blocking all material that is related to Elvis audio via IP address control they prevent German viewers from seing that content. Instead they bring up this message saying that due to the GEMA (which collects money for the artists) you are not allowed to watch this video. This has been going on for some years now and is really annoying. You have to use free proxy sites from the US or around the world that hide your real IP address and enter the link to a certain video on youtube to that site in order to be able to watch it...but usually this is just too much trouble to go through in order to just have a look at a certain video - hence youtube has lost a lot of popularity here in Germany.
So although I was not able to see your video I still appreciate that you spend a lot of time and worked hard on doing what you felt like you needed to do with this song. A big thumbs up from me!
Gosh, I'm sorry they do that. There are a lot of unusual copyright issues that go on there: I believe there is a lawsuit by the estate involving royalties, but only in Germany. I have problems sending packages there: if you send someone a Christmas or birthday gift, no matter what carrier you use, THEY get charged postage, AFTER you have already paid a big sum of postage. I had been putting cash in the packages to make up for it, but it just throws a bucket of cold water on the whole thing. "Oh, here's my present, and here's the money to PAY FOR IT." Just commensensical things.
Don't they know that YouTube, like radio and MTV, sells LOTS OF RECORDS???!!! Usually via download. I bought Sarah (can't spell her last name)'s "I Will Remember You," and a couple other "singes" that way. That's how you can buy "singles" today. I'm going to get that other song by her, too. And that song "Elvis Presley Blues" by Joan Baez, I picked that up, too. And, I'm going to order the physical CD of that album, too! Never would have known to do so, if it hadn't been for YouTube! Seriously. If I didn't already have so much music, I'd buy a lot more that way. And I have bought every copy of "If I Can Dream" in existence on physical media. I would buy it again, in the right package! Without any doubt at all. I know of several albums I'd like to get after YouTube exposure that I would't have gotten otherwise.
They must be crazy, and I believe it hurts music to limit YouTube. You should "Occupy Something" or whatever . . . gotta do something: stand around your version of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission, here), and shout "I Want My YouTube!" Like the old ads: "I Want My MTV." If that was ok, what's wrong with this? You could make tapes of videos off the TV, then . . . didn't hurt sales. Quite the opposite.
Thank you very much for you comments. I wish you could see it. (Gee, I was thinking of putting in something about "The Wall," but I wanted to keep it very close to 1968, all the way through.) Do you live close to the border? Guess not. I know someone who does, but she doesn't do much with computers anyway.
All the best and I wish you luck with YouTube in the future.
P.S. -- Did you see the clip for "Pirate Radio" - that film about rock 'n' roll on in the U.K. in the sixites? People took boats out to broadcast. I wonder . . . naw. I would't know how that works.
P.P.S. -- A vid like this: it would be ok if an ETA did the song? And then people wouldn't be inspired to buy the original record by Elvis!
--------- There might also be a few artists who compalin, but not with Elvis. Dylan is being a . . . dork about it. I'm going to have a friend do a cover of "Farewell, Angelina" so I can YouTube it. It will take a while. He has made a couple albums: has a nice gospel-type voice, and he could do this. He can "do him." But it's not the same, of course. And it won't sell any records for the Bobster. How dumb!