I’m feeling bittersweet because people are stealing credit for my work

October 6, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

A couple months ago, I took the time to shoot, edit and publish a Youtube video on a protest of the Bank of America in St. Louis. I was surprised that the traffic was relatively modest (less than 1,000 views). I had designated the video to be Creative Commons – Attribution. Now I find out that my video has gone wild on the Internet–almost 100,000 views, but it’s because at least two individuals have taken my video, chopped off the information where I identify it as my work, and failed to give me any credit for my work on their Youtube uploads (I’m not going to share their links because, frankly I’m not happy about this). Instead, here is my post, and here is my upload, the only one out there where you can see the entire video, including the credits.

Yes, I’m honored that my video has taken off, and I’m glad that it has become part of the national dialogue. I wasn’t trying to make any money off of this video (in fact, there is no advertising at Dangerous Intersection–I decided six month ago to fund all hosting fees–any ad you see on my site will be a donation by me to that cause). Yet I’m sorely disappointed that multiple people are willing to chop my name off of my video and present my work as their own.

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Category: Corporatocracy, Economy, income disparity

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Adam Lee says:

    Is this worth sending a takedown notice to YouTube? Maybe you could have the URLs to the ripoff videos redirected to your own. Even if you don’t expect to make money off of it, you deserve fair credit for your work.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      I’m corresponding with the offenders. I’m ambivalent. Perhaps this time I should allow them to re-annotate the video at the top. And I’ve now learned that people don’t understand (or want to understand) what attribution means and why it’s important.

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