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YouTube Says microUSB Cables are Inappropriate and Offensive Now


So I recently did a 58 second long video of me unpacking a pack of three microUSB cables and YouTube flagged it as inappropriate and offensive content and put a strike on my account for it.

Really?  What is offensive about microUSB cables? Someone please tell me!


YouTube of course won’t answer me as to what is offensive or inappropriate about microUSB cables.

In the video all I said was the name, price, where you can get them, and I showed the cables but somehow it was offensive. I don’t understand and I don’t know why they won’t tell me what the reasoning is here?!

All my videos are really the same I unbox and sometimes do video reviews but now all of the sudden an unboxing or unpacking is offensive to the powers that be at YouTube.

it makes no sense to me.

If YouTube Says You’re Guilty Then You Are and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It


YouTube has a monopoly in the online video market, yes sure there’s some others out there but I couldn’t even name any off the top of my head as they have such a small market share they’re not even in competition with YouTube. When you think of online video you think of YouTube and that’s all there is really…

I don’t know what to do, I don’t even want to use YouTube anymore honestly as they’ve pissed me off so bad recently.

A little while back I reviewed a mouse and I posted an unboxing video of it on YouTube of course, it was one of the first reviews of the mouse I believe and I guess it was a little popular, at least YouTube claims it was. I did notice a few shares on Twitter, not even 10 of them, and it had four comments on it in total. It wasn’t what I would call popular at all in my opinion but YouTube thinks it was so they deleted the video and re-uploaded it for me. I don’t even know how many views the video had actually, I don’t pay attention to stuff like that.

I do this for fun, not to make money, making money would be nice but I’m not making any doing this, especially from YouTube.

I thought the idea of YouTube was for people to see the videos, I guess not

YouTube emailed me and accused me of hiring a marketing company to ‘game the system’ and they said I was paying for views. I didn’t do any of that, all I did was post the video to YouTube and embed it in the review. I shared the review on my G+, Twitter and Facebook accounts and maybe on Pinterest and Linkedin, it was so long ago I don’t even remember.

I tried to appeal it as I didn’t want to be accused of doing something I didn’t do. They essentially accused me a violating their TOS and hiring an outside marketing company to game their system and get fake views on the video to make it popular. I told them I didn’t do it, they said I did and that’s that apparently. It seems that when the powers that be at YouTube say you’re guilty then you are and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. They basically called me a liar, which really made me angry and accused me of doing things that I did not do and there’s no way to prove it to them either.

There’s a Google office near me and I even offered to come in to the office with any proof they need, copies of bank statements, copies of Paypal statements to prove that I never hired a marketing company. Access to my accounts, whatever they need to show them I didn’t do what they said I did. Anything to stop them from falsely accusing me of doing this, I didn’t get a response after that message though. I guess they don’t care about proof. It seems when you offer to prove you’re not guilty they just don’t care as they’ve made up their mind already.

It’s not even about the video anymore, I don’t care, they can delete it, it’s the fact that they called me a liar and falsely accused me a doing something that I did not do. I’ve never hired a marketing company in my life, I don’t trust them and I don’t have the money to hire one, even if I did have the money I wouldn’t hire one.

The sad thing is that we’re all basically stuck with YouTube and if they say you’re guilty then you’re guilty plain and simple and there’s nothing you can do about it. You have no chance to prove you didn’t do anything to them, you’re guilty and that’s that. I don’t even know why there’s an appeal system in place, it doesn’t work at all from what I can see.


Copyright Infringement for a Video Game review?!

Here’s a new one for me. I got a video taken down on YouTube saying I was infringing on the owners copyright.

The video was four years old for a game I reviewed four years ago.

I’d like to know what took them so long?!

Then I’d like them to tell me how to do a video game review without using videos in it?! At least I like to see sample videos for my game reviews.

Originally the company was very happy with the review, they never mentioned anything about not being allowed to use videos in the review either. They saw the review, they were happy with it when I posted it FOUR years ago. Now they’re not happy with it. I don’t get it at all. What changed? What didn’t they mention this four years ago?

So I emailed them and asked what the problem was. They them told me that all of the video game content was copyrighted and I couldn’t use any of it without written consent. Not just the videos, anything taken from the game I was not allowed to use.

I’d quote them from their email, but they might say I was infringing on their copyright again as they do have a little notice at the bottom of the email they sent me saying it’s strictly prohibited to copy the message.

So my next question is how do you do a video game review without screen screen shots either?!

It just makes no sense to me.

So what I did was go back to YouTube and delete all of the other videos and then I went to my review and I deleted all of the screen shots and pictures as well just to be on the safe side.

The review looks really stupid now, but they said I wasn’t allowed to use any captures of the game itself, the interface etc not just videos.

So back to my question, how do you do a game review then? I can see getting away without a video, that’s possible, but no in-game captures or screen shots? How the hell do you do a game review that way?!?!?!

That makes no sense to me at all.

Stupid people make me angry.

Two Rants for a Saturday. Game Reviews and YouTube.

So I’ve got two rants today for you..

The first involves game reviews, specifically children’s games.

I get a lot of games for kids for review, especially those for the Wii and some for Xbox360, when you review a kids game you cannot review it from an adult perspective, it just won’t work, and it’s not correct.

I’ve got kids so I’ll play and game and then let them play it as well. I want to play to the game for the review of course, but I want my kids to play it so I can know what they think of it.

Being a reviewer I look around at other reviews, I’m curious to see what they have to say, and I’ve noticed a trend in kids games that show pretty much all of them getting a low rating. I also noticed that these reviewers are not viewing them from a child’s point of view, nor are they even letting kids play them. They are reviewing these games like they would an adult game, how can you judge, let’s say Call of Duty and something like Marvel Super Hero Squad on the same level? You can’t do it. They’re two totally different things. I also have to ask how can you even review a child’s game if a child doesn’t get to play it? I can bet most of the reviewers don’t have children to even see if the kids like it.

There’s a problem with the rating system or review process of review sites. I just reviewed Marvel Super Hero Squad for Nintendo Wii over on TestFreaks, and I gave it an 8 out of 10. I think it’s well worth that rating because my kids enjoyed the game, they found it fun and enjoyable. Now I looked at other reviews and see the same games gets like a 5 rating, and even lower, but reading the review you’ll find they didn’t let kids play the game, nor did they get a child’s view of the game. This is bad PR for these companies like THQ that put out the game,consumers rely on reviews of products, but how can you review a product like a child’s games without factoring in everything?  Sure it’s not a game for adults, I accept that fact and I even mention it in the review, but from a child’s standpoint it’s a good game, it’s made for kids and they’ll have fun playing it.

These companies send their games out and haven’t they noticed that the trend is low ratings for kids games? I don’t understand it, something is broken and needs fixed..


Rant # 2 involves YouTube and their DMCA dispute system.

I wanted to review Guitar Hero Van Halen, I took the time to play it, finish it and get lots of videos of the game play. I uploaded them to YouTube and Warner Music flagged them as a copyright violation because it contains their music so the video is there but no sound. This was about two months ago, I disputed the claim since I and most others would consider it Fair Use. Guess what? They never responded to the claim, surprise, surprise right? So they left me with the only choice of deleting the videos since they’ve got now sound!!! Look around on YouTube though, you’ll find many other GH: Van Halen videos, but for whatever reason they’re not flagged, they have audio, but mine got picked to be censored.

If you’re gong to have a system like this where copyright violations can be reported then it has to work efficiently, from what I see it’s broken and needs fixed. You can’t just flag things at will and then not respond back to the dispute. It’s a two part process where both parties have to comply wit the rules, but they don’t apparently. it’s totally one-sided from what I can see, they flag the video and then never respond to the dispute, they get what they want and the little guy gets screwed over. Just because I’m the little guy and they’re this mega corporation they think they can just stomp on our rights. This is a problem, and I don’t foresee it ever getting fixed or changing.

So, today, about two months later I deleted the videos rather than have them there with no sound, they’re useless to me now, I can’t do the review with those videos to show the game play of the game.

I guess I’ll just use screenshots for the review. I do have one video left that didn’t violate their copyright apparently, but it’s just of the menus and such, so I guess I can use that.