The NFL may be a multi billion dollar organization, but they are not above the law or the United States constitution for that matter. I have had enough of the personal attacks on my web site. It’s time to call them out.
YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world behind Google. Ironically, it is owned by Google. The entire purpose of YouTube is to enable people to post videos they want to share with the world. The NFL shares videos, but obviously isn’t aware of the fair use laws in this country.
Anyone who doesn’t want to share can add the do not allow embedding feature, but that doesn’t stop people from sharing the link on a website or sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. What if I told you using the not allowed to embed feature is a violation of the law too? There are literally millions of football highlight videos on YouTube. The NFL is particularly protective of theirs despite making billions of dollars. Anything that’s on YouTube has already been aired on national television and they already made their money. They are not getting paid for anything on YouTube. If you don’t want it shared, Why put it on YouTube?
What really gets my goad is the fact that I have always respected the NFL and never posted a video that didn’t offer the embed code for sharing on websites. However, there have been numerous times we shared a video in an article that went against whatever crap the mainstream media was selling that did offer an embed code for sharing, and within 48 hrs of running the article, anyone who clicked on that video got a black screen that said the NFL has blocked the video from this website. Why I ask?
The constitution of the United States affords us the right to free speech and free press. Federal law affords us the right of fair use as I have outlined below.
17 U.S. Code § 107 – Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use: Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
Gosh: how do they like me now? What they are too dumb to realize is there are numerous apps available for downloading videos off of YouTube and I can legally download and use any video I want to for the purpose of reporting the news or criticism. The thing that is flattering to me is, I can put a highlight video on my site that has been on YouTube for years, wasn’t posted by the NFL, and they still have it blocked.
My message to whoever is monitoring what I post and having it blocked on YouTube is this: Kiss my ass. In the future I will download the videos and use them because the law says I can. If you don’t want them shared, don’t put them on YouTube. Enough said.