Carol came across a YouTube video recently that caught her attention. It was about the things people do to dogs, and was promoted as a bit of a heart breaker. The video was a collection of still photos (of numerous dogs) and told a story that was so unlikely, our conclusion was the creator had no idea about dogs. As an overview:
The dog’s owners ran into behavioral issues with it and so one night, when it was asleep, they picked it up and took it to their local shelter and left it there. When the dog woke up the next morning, imagine how it must have felt?
However, I was working on my laptop when Carol sent me a link to the video, and then came to where I was and asked me to watch it. As I watched this rather unlikely story unfold, I noticed a photo of a sleeping dog … very similar to Ray. The dog was sleeping on a bed just like Ray’s, and it was on a hardwood floor just like ………………………………..? It was a photograph of Ray that Carol took, and I posted here in 2015!
Given the age and education range of internet users, I have no problem with the situation where a creator did not think/did not know that one should not copy material without consent, or at least acknowledging its origins. An education in those circumstances is clearly required however, this particular video has accumulated over 10M hits since 2017 … which makes me think that it is a revenue generator!
Making an income out of other people’s property is, to me, a whole new scenario. I understand that, given the “Wild West” comparison that is often made about the internet, it is very difficult to pursue such activities to a conclusion that one would probably wish for, however YouTube have been formerly advised and claim to be investigating. If they agree with me (my evidence is obvious), then they will shut down that individual (who will probably simply create a new account under a different name). I am also requesting legal advice from those who specialize in copyright infractions/infringements.
It would be easy to get upset at such incidents, but it is always healthier to treat it as the history that it is …. accept advice from those more learned than I …. acknowledge that there are more honest/ethical people in the world than there are dishonest/unscrupulous … and move on!
Now if I could only reach those 10M viewers, and sell them a copy of “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”!!!!!!!