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  • Copyright Theater

    Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 10.20.02 PMSo an unexpected thing happened: after three weeks the UFO Theater Youtube channel is back online– sort of. This was based on Youtube vindicating us in a copyright dispute instigated by UFO hoax channel Secureteam 10. However. UFO Theater Episodes 1 and 2 remain offline until a similar dispute with hoax channel Looknowtv can be resolved.

    Each copyright complaint is considered a “strike” against your Youtube account; three strikes and your channel is taken down. You can respond to the complaints, but the strikes remain until the disputes are resolved.

    When Secureteam 10 made their initial complaint, we responded immediately and waited for a resolution. However, two days later Looknowtv complained about two videos, UFO Theater Episodes 1 and 2, in which we exposed a few of their UFO video clips as fakes. This added up to three strikes, because none had yet been resolved. But here’s the rub: when the channel is taken down, so is the account. We could not even browse Youtube as UFO Theater, and even worse, the links for providing a counter-notification (response to the complaint) are only provided within the channel. There was no email informing us “hey, we took your channel down, here’s why, and here’s what you can do about it.” Just… nothing. Had we not responded to the Secureteam 10 complaint immediately, there would have been no chance to get the channel back online. Luckily that dispute was found in our favor, and we now have the opportunity to respond to the Looknowtv complaints.

    This is a glaring problem with Youtube’s dispute system, and needs to be changed. It creates a catch-22 in which you need to respond to a complaint to get your channel back up, but first get your channel back up to respond to the complaint. I’ve read stories from other Youtube creators on reddit who have had massive channels disappear overnight for this and other reasons, with no recourse because the channel was nuked with no notice or explanation.

    We can only hope that once the other disputes are resolved UFO Theater will be bulletproof, but we’re not counting on it. Everything will continue to be mirrored on Vimeo from now on. We will remain a problem for hoaxers for the forseeable future.

     

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  • Hoaxers’ Unlikely Ally: Copyright Fear

    deletedI’m currently engaged in a chess match with UFO hoaxers, who appear to be displeased with the way they’re being portrayed by UFO Theater. In order to keep their handiwork from being debunked, they’ve used the only means available to them: claim copyright infringement. In doing so, they’re activating video host’s reflexive response to have the video removed while the dispute is resolved. They’ve pursued the issue with Youtube and Vimeo.

    It’s difficult to predict what either Youtube or Vimeo will do with the claims, which I’ve rebutted by explaining how inclusion of the hoaxer’s video is Fair Use, for purposes of education, criticism, and parody. These services have no obligation to rely on U.S. copyright law, and can follow their own rules. Secureteam 10 made a copyright complaint that I was able to see from channel creator Tyler Glockner, in which he asserted I simply re-uploaded his entire video. What? I’m not sure how that can be allowed to stand, being that it’s patently false, and the fact that most of the video was footage from the International Space Station feed (NASA footage is public domain) to which he added a flying saucer. A day later the entire UFO Theater channel and account was taken down without notice, citing “multiple copyright violations” without providing me with the additional complaints or who made them. I’ve been judged guilty and sentenced without having the charges explained, the benefit of a trial, or being able to face my accuser(s).

    The upside is that as far as I can determine, UFO Theater has had some influence, since hoaxers have decided it’s worth having removed. Thirdphaseofmoon in particular has been much more careful about their hoaxes, moving from visual effects (computer generated imagery) to practical effects (photographing and videotaping actual physical objects) and misrepresenting the result. A good example of this is their “Cigar Shaped UFO Over Napa” that looks like it may be a real object, but they hide all context by only providing three seconds of video, zoomed in and heavily filtered. They spend most of the time polishing their turd with an “interview” with the person who supposedly shot the video.

    Based on conversations with several people who have more Youtube experience, the video should be reinstated to that platform, but with the odd deletion of the account with no justification, it’s hard to say. It also may be possible that if videos are reinstated to either platform, the hoaxers may have the ability to simply submit a chain of complaints, one after the other, that keep UFO Theater in permanent limbo. Obviously based on my limited experience, I don’t have much faith in either Youtube or Vimeo. I’ll be exploring yet more third party solutions, but may end up finding a way to run the video off my own server.

    If nothing else, this has all provided a lot of creative inspiration for some new videos that will hit the hoaxers even harder, and provide a lot of entertainment. Stay tuned.

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  • Hoax channel NDestination Unknown Removed from Youtube

    Almost simultaneous with the release of our parody of the NDestination Unknown hoax UFO channel, it has been removed “as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.” The parody:

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    And now when you go to watch one of their videos:

    Success? Hard to say exactly why the channel was removed, but considering it has existed for years and featured hundreds of posts, this is rather epic. NDU was a bit of an anomaly in the UFO hoax genre, in that their work was so completely devoid of plausibility, one can only wonder why they had a single subscriber, let alone seventeen thousand. Perhaps hoax channel Section51 should pay attention.

    On another note: FUCKIN’ HOORAY.

    UPDATE 7/10/2014 – 4pm PST: NDestination Unknown has regrouped as “iUFO Sightings” and is populating the new channel with the same junk. I encourage you to flag all their posts and let Youtube know what’s going on. They’ve also formed a new Facebook identity, created on 7/7/2014. The subscribers appear to be extremely loyal for some reason, as the page has over 12,700 “likes” in just 3 days.

     

     

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  • The Alien Video You’ll Never See

    dulce_alienYou’ll have no trouble finding supposed “alien” videos on the net if you spend a couple of minutes searching. There’s some purported old Soviet KGB footage, and a bit of video from abductee Stan Romanek, to… well, lots more. Some of the attempts, like this one, are laughable. Supposedly this is footage of an actual interview with an estraterrestrial held at S4, however conveniently we don’t see the guest of honor walk in the room, there’s no audio, and the room is “kept dark for the comfort of the aliens.” How convenient. The creature appears to end up in some sort of medical distress, yet looks about as animated and emotive as Robert Mitchum on codeine. Whoever created this hoax video is catering to people who are as dim as his interview suite.

    All the images and videos have something in common: you never see a full-body extraterrestrial walking or interacting with objects in the environment. The reason is that a video clip of that kind would be extremely difficult to fake.

    As human beings we are very attuned to particular characteristics of our own humanoid kind. We are experts at reading facial expressions (absent of any special mental challenges). We have a keen sense body language, and even if we interpret incorrectly, we are acutely aware of it. These abilities make us extremely difficult to fool, so up to now nobody has even dared make the attempt. Continue reading  Post ID 238

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