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  • WTF Flow: Somebody Didn’t Get The Memo

    wtf_flow Hey UFOTheater,

    I’m WTFflow, the “hoaxer” you love so much. I recently watched your debunk video, and I have to admit that the work on your channel is awesome. Still, your debunk video about me is really nonsense. Your assumptions are false, and honestly, your’re missing the point. The videos I shot are 100% true, and no “tracking” has been made. I admit these are plausible explantations if you consider the videos are fake. I still have the original video files of these sightings.

    Anyway, you CAN criticize my work and have your own opinions, it’s your right, but re-uploading my videos is forbidden. I could fill a copyright complaint to YouTube and take your video down. The thing is, if you have 3 strikes from other channels, your account will be terminated.

    I’m not gonna do that. I sincerely don’t want that to happen to you, as you seem to work hard making these videos, and that would be too rude. If the other channels don’t mind about your re-uploads of their videos, well keep making new vids! But my videos are copyrighted and it’s always written in ALL my descriptions.

    Here’s what I write each time I upload a video :

    ** Warning **

    All non-allowed re-uploads of my video will be reported! Thanks!
    © WTFflow, all rights reserved.

    So, as I said, I will not report you, but please consider removing this video, which is infringing my copyrights. Thanks a lot for your understanding.

    Cheers,

    WTFflow

     


     

    +WTFflow I appreciate the gesture, but it’s not necessary. I’ve already had three previous copyright challenges dismissed, and YouTube has given UFO Theater special recognition that debunking work is Fair Use.

    If you’re not familiar with the concept of Fair Use, this should help.

    My advice to you is to stop hoaxing immediately. You may make a couple hundred bucks a month off your channel, but as others in your business will find, a career as a professional liar is a dead end. Is this the legacy you want to leave to the world? Once hoaxing is no longer a viable business model, you’re left with a body of work that is worthless. You would be better served to focus on developing your visual effects skills to the point where you can do real work in film and television. That would be something you can be proud of.

    I hope you make better decisions in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Constantine

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  • UFO Theater in The New York Times, courtesy of YouTube

    November 19, 2015: Today’s New York Times tech policy column featured an article on YouTube’s new Fair Use Initiative which seeks to defend creators from unwarranted copyright infringement complaints. All the attention has been rather strange, but a good kind of strange.

    It all started back in September 2014 (see Copyright Theater) when I received a copyright notice initiated by Secureteam 10. Then immediately after two more were registered by LookNowTV, who I had embarrassed in both the first two episodes. Until these were resolved my channel was taken offline, and UFO Theater temporarily moved to Vimeo. While on Vimeo I posted Speedebunking: Mister UFO/Mister Enigma, which led to this exchange with the hoaxer himself, Robert Simmons of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He had the video temporarily removed from Vimeo. When UFO Theater was up and running on YouTube again he tried the same nuisance tactic there in November 2014. Neither of us had any idea what he would set in motion.

    It wasn’t until June of 2015 that I was contacted by YouTube (I’m sure their inaction on Simmons’ complaint was driving him mad), explaining that they had received the notice from Mister Enigma but “selected one of your videos as a candidate for a new effort that protects some of the very best examples of ‘fair use‘ from copyright takedown requests.” I assumed this meant I would be one of perhaps a few dozen creators chosen. I was absolutely shocked when I discovered I was one of only four in the entirety of YouTube. I imagine the odds are something akin to winning the lottery. I’ve probably not received a tenth of the copyright grief and harassment endured by the other three producers, but there I am, the only one quoted in the article, and a big ol’ flattering screen capture. Maybe I’m the only one Ms. Kang could reach for the story.

    After seeing UFO hoaxes go viral week after week when they’re promoted by British tabloids, particularly the Express, it’s nice to get some notice for UFO Theater’s perspective. More episodes coming soon.

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