Monday, March 21, 2011
So, this past weekend we were censored on two different fronts. The two YouTube videos that had been up for several months were both pulled down by YouTube management and our account on their site was terminated for “violations of community standards”. When I appealed the deletion of my video, they rejected the appeal stating that it was sexual in nature and reviewed the other video and cancelled the entire channel (and suspended my account).
If you go on to YouTube, you can find that people have posted entire segments of the Chained Heroes: Corporal Punishment DVD; these posting are of copyrighted material (which the people that posted them to YouTube undoubtedly do not own) and show nothing more or less than what we had published: shirtless men being whipped. So, it’s not the censorship itself which bothers me (I understood when I made my postings that it was their space and they had the right to do it), it is the inconsistency of their application of their policies: I actually own the copyrights to my material (since it is original material I created) and I show things not at all unlike other posted videos that have been up for months or years and have received tens or hundreds of thousands of views.
Worse than that, this very blog was deleted for a day (Saturday, March 20). I was given no advance (or even after-the-fact) notice of the deletion or the reason for it, I had to discover it for myself by trying to login to view the blog’s stats. I could only conclude that there was a connection between the YouTube decision to delete my material and the Blogger decision to do the same. I was relieved that I had backed up the site on my alternate host site only a few days ago, and therefore only lost one post and a few user comments. I noticed when I returned from my Saturday excursion that the blog was back up on Sunday morning with all material intact.
I want to keep the blog at the Blogspot address because of the ease with which people can find it (due to Google directories, etc), but I ask all of our fans to bookmark the WhippingDudes archive (alternate host) address in case this happens again. Thank you for your continued support.