So, I guess the BBC is now coming after yours truly. When I posted my #FridayFlash piece, I inserted a video of the infamous TOP GEAR Mexican incident. Yup, they must have contacted Videopress, a service I pay for, which allows me to share video files on my blog. Well, looks like Videopress censored me.
I am sure that the BBC claimed “copyright issues” when they contacted Videopress. As an editorial director who respects the rights to intellectual property, I find this argument to be a bit weak. Here is my reason: in a global world where EVERYTHING is embeddable now, you CANNOT use social media to just benefit you. I am guessing that if this were a video that celebrated TOP GEAR’s accolades, you would have it all over the Internet. But the fact remains: YOU BROADCAST THIS VIDEO and IT IS NOW ON RECORD. What you are doing now is censorship under the guise of copyright. I make no money from this blog nor this video, so there is no commercial interest here. I am not a video pirate, just a personal part-time blogger who is interested in issues regarding US Latinos. I give voices to the voiceless. That is what social media is all about. The playing field has been flattened.
I would expect that you might come after me with a threatening letter from some law firm with 300 partners, and that might not be the best move on your part. I have great legal representation as well, some of the best in the country. What you need to understand is this: ONCE SOMETHING IS ON THE INTERNET, IT BECOMES DIGESTABLE. There is so much software out there that can help regular people like me to capture videos. Go after them. Then your problem is solved if you want it to be solved.
But guess what? I still have the video. Here it is. And this time I am allowing others to share it and embed it: