Hey guys, Today I learned another vocabulary word in the wonderful world of the swirling World Wide Web.
It’s called “Freebooting”
Here is the definition straight out of Joe Hanson’s Blog called “It’s Ok to Be Smart” (See what I did there??)
Basically it means this: “ “Freebooting” is a silly but oddly appropriate word that means “taking online media and re-hosting it on your website without permission.” This is not the same as sharing or linking or embedding it from its original source. Freebooting means downloading it without permission from the creator or copyright holder and redistributing it for your own use, often for your own monetary gain. When it comes to video piracy in 2015, Facebook is ground zero.”
Joe Hanson (see there, I did it again) wrote an awesome article about this epidemic~ and it is an epidemic!
I hope you will go visit his site (just click the link above- see I did it again! Wow it is just so simple to give credit where credit is due).
There is a really great video by Smarter Everyday on Youtube that explains this phenomenon perfectly- please watch.
If you are on my facebook page, you will know what I’m talking about already. If you are not, well you may want to get up to speed by clicking here and liking my page so you can read the most recent posts that started since yesterday with this bogus website that blatantly steals other peoples creations and calls them their own.
You see, a recent episode that ensued this week started on Dec 12, 2015 was when I alerted that one of my recent videos ~ My Fondant Christmas Tree Cake ~ had been uploaded to another website and facebook fan page (addictedtofood a.k.a addicted to theft!!) with no attempt to ask for my permission and with a blatant intention to clip out any and all references to Gretchen’s Bakery.
Not only was it uploaded but it was severely clipped down to 1 minute for the newest trend in viral videos the Speed Video.
It basically shows me (Correction: it doesn’t show me! and that’s the problem) making my original 8 minute video on how to create a fondant Christmas cake from start to finish with some valuable tips and tricks along the way (Yep, the Gretchen’s Bakery Style Tips & Tricks!)
So this freebooter has clipped my creation down to 1 minute and uploaded it to a facebook fan page with no credits mentioned except for a link to another also bogus website addictedtofood.net.
(I do not suggest to go to their website since you will only give them more money if you do, but I have flagged them in Web Of Trust so others can know this is a complete scam operation)
But wait! It’s gets better! The website recipe link from my cake video is merely a copy & paste of MY RECIPE! A screenshot!
They didn’t even take the time to type a single letter! This is straight up plagiarism!
And millions of people are getting ripped off everyday because of it.
My creation that has about 8000 views on my channel has gotten over 8million views on theirs.
Imagine how much exposure not to mention money from google ads I could have gotten from this?
Imagine how much butter and chocolate I could have bought with that money? How many more videos I could have created with that money and how big my channel could have grown from 8 million people visiting me!?
But instead, it all went to the website in question. Only the thief and facebook profit from this. And facebook loves it because well, more views = more ad revenue.
So the reason I am writing all of this in the first place is to keep you guys, my loyal friends and followers of Gretchen’s Bakery in the loop first of all as to WHY this is a big deal; as well a a great big THANK YOU to those who alerted me first of all that this was being done to me, but also for how you all stepped up and blasted that guys page in attempt to protect me and my creations that I work so hard to present to you!
It’s just not fair to the artist and creator who deserves the acknowledgment.
But the bottom line for a business (like mine) is: it is really damaging.
Here is a great video from In A Nutshell on Youtube who explains the whole process of what is happening with pirating and freebooting videos all over facebook
So I guess we (as artists in our own right) have to stick together to keep alerting each other when someone has hijacked material that you know to be someone else’s. If you see content on a webpage that you know belongs to a creator or artist that you follow, please link in the comments to the original creators website or youtube video. Then alert the creator that this is happening with screenshots and urls as to where you found this piracy.
The creator will then take it from there by going through all the necessary steps to get the content removed, but typically this doesn’t happen until after the thief has exploited the material and racked up views and money for his/her own benefit. (as you can see was the case for me in the correspondence below)
I’m not exactly talking about sharing recipes or cake designs, since sometimes the user simply just didn’t know who to credit but whenever that is the case, and I have been there myself,
I have announced, “I saw this design on the internet or pinterest and I’m not sure who the originator is, but it is not my idea…etc etc blah blah blah.”
However freebooting you can see is much different than just using someone’s design or copying a recipe.
It is way worse because it is a straight up theft of a video creation with intentions to make money without the authors knowing.
In closing: Even the image that I used for this blogpost is credited here since I did not create it in photoshop nor did I get direct permission from the owner to use it, so the least I could do was let people know that under the Fair Use Act I am borrowing this image with all credits to Smarter Everyday on Youtube for their creation. (Hey! there I go again! Whew! Exhausting!)
So anyway, thanks again Gretchenators for Stepping up! You guys rock the bakery!
Today’s correspondence went like this:
Thief Wrote: I’m the owner of website in question.
I was waiting for you to contact us to credit you for your video in our page.
We posted that video to check if your videos are any good (which are great) so that we could cooperate in future.
We actually have ongoing agreements with other companies/users who make their own videos; we post their edited short
version of the video (max 1 min.), uploaded to our Facebook fan pages and and we put the link of the long YouTube version of the video that is uploaded in your
own YouTube channel on the description.
We also mention you as authors in the description of the post, featuring the link to their Facebook page.
We like to continue posting your videos with your permissions.
In this way we provide great content to our followers and in the same way help video authors to promote their videos, YouTube channel and Facebook
page and help them get new followers and subscribers.
If the same agreement works for you, please let us know, we would be more than happy to make short versions of your videos and post them on our social media page.We can also put the recipe from your webpage on the comments of the video for videos that have recipe available.
Waiting for ME to contact YOU!??? That’s not how it works! You are supposed to contact ME to ASK PERMISSION to use my recipes/videos and creations first!
At which time I would have happily agreed to allow you to use my videos in shortened form with an appropriate credit to me and my channel and blog, not an intentional
and blatant attempt to NOT credit me or any of the other creators you claim to have agreements with just to use the content as your own!! I haven’t seen a single credit to anyone
but your own website on your entire page!
Its great for you that my video has gotten over 8 million views with a bogus link to your awful website with a direct COPY & PASTE screenshot of my recipes with NO LINK OR credit whatsoever!
Since you already KNEW it was from Gretchen’s Bakery, your original claim that you didn’t know who to credit is bogus, and NOW you claim that you did it in an
attempt to “see if my videos are good”????
My videos are awesome, with no help from your butchers~ no thank you very much!
Not to mention you blocked me from commenting on your page the minute I wrote asking why you stole my work. I cannot like or comment on your entire facebook page.
Was that also “a test” to see how much fire I have in me?
Well I’ve got fire buddy.
I have already filed a copyright infringement claim with facebook and have reported your bogus website as well.
And believe me I won’t stop there.
So for you to NOW approach me after 3 days of running my video only because you have gotten backlash from me and my loyal followers who are also furious that your site does nothing but steal from people who work very hard to produce this content and get nothing in return but theft??
Thief-y Pants Wrote:
I don’t understand what’s the harm that I’ve caused you or your business. I’ve promoted your video, I’ve invested more than 1000 Euro to make that video viral (Paid other fanpages to share that). And I still don’t see any harm at you side.
I still think that we can work together because I’ve connections with some great fanpages which help me make videos viral.
Your comment has been blocked Because one of my workers remove every negative comment on our fanpage and as soon as I’ve heard about this situation I’ve contacted you.
I understand that I didn’t do this the right way and I know that I own you more than an apologize but I feel really sorry that this happened.
I’m trying to make good connections with you and all the other Creators of this kind of videos.
By alienated none of us wins anything. By cooperating we get both our benefits.
Once again I apologize.
Do you want me to remove the video.
Because once it’s done it can’t be returned and remember, no one wins anything by removing it.
You won everything by stealing my video!
For the last 3 days you have made money on my video as people click to your website and get hit with ads and nothing more than a screen shot of my recipes!
No mention about Gretchen’s Bakery whatsoever until 2 hours ago when you finally gave credit where it was due Woohoo Big deal!
A little late don’tcha think?
So for you to say you don’t understand?
I don’t understand what I GET by allowing you to keep it up on your page with a direct to YOUR WEBSITE?
You say you have promoted my video??
NO – YOU DIDN’T! And THAT my friend is the PROBLEM HERE! You promoted YOUR Business! and YOUR BUSINESS ONLY!
8million people have watched MY video on YOUR page and no one knows where it came from.
Its straight up dishonest.
You spent 1000 euro?
You don’t even want to know how much money I spend everyday, not to mention my time to create these videos trying to build my channel for them to just be outright stolen with no regard??
What you can do for me, is get YOUR LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE OFF and link to MY WEBSITE right here:
I want it to remain PINNED TO THE TOP OF YOUR PAGE until Christmas is over with all links pointing to Gretchen’s Bakery and nothing else
I allow embedding of my videos so you can grab the embed link here and paste it into your website that way when people click the video they are coming to ME not YOU
Your cooperation is expected, and I will forgive you for your theft of my video. If this does not happen you will hear from my attorney on a trademark and copyright infringement case.
*Sigh** and people wonder what it’s like to have a blog/ youtube channel and work from home.
Some days, I wish I worked for someone, so I can actually LEAVE WORK once in a while!
(Not really, I LOVE what I do, but when the jerks get jerky, I gotta get jerky back)
If you have made it this far in this super long blog post! YAY! thanks! You are a true supporter!
Latest developments with all this is that several other youtubers are really furious about this as well.
Some are taking legal action (but after the year I had with lawyers and ex partners I cannot afford to go that route again) BUT many are!
And what they are finding is that facebook is protected legally (of course) and they encourage these theft pages since they generate a lot of money for good ol’ facebook.
Perhaps the squeaky wheel will eventually get some grease, but in the meantime I and many other youtube creators are migrating to Tsu.co Check me out there!