A You Tube video critical of the company’s bizarre copyright policy under which ownership of people’s voices can be claimed by third parties was deleted and the account put on notice for termination, with You Tube claiming the clip was “commercially deceptive”.
The video above, originally featured on the Alex Jones Channel before its removal by You Tube, explains the company’s policy of allowing third parties to claim ownership of other people’s voices.
In this case, because Alex Jones’ voice was used on a track recorded by the music group Biotronic, You Tube’s copyright bots erroneously identified Jones’ voice in his own documentary Endgame as being owned by Biotronic. This has resulted in a penalty being placed against the original user’s account, with an additional threat of termination if any further penalties are issued.
Although You Tube have now removed the claim that Biotronic owns Alex Jones’ voice – proving we were in the right – the original video that Jones made drawing attention to the issue has been deleted.
In an email sent to the Alex Jones Channel, You Tube explains that the clip has been deleted because it is a “violation of You Tube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content,” despite the fact that the video contains no commercial content and is clearly not spam.
The email also states, “Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account.”
As we explained in a previous article about a similar incident that involved comedian Joe Rogan, this kind of activity represents a new frontier of censorship – copyrighting people.
It also serves as another reminder of how dangerous it is to entrust Google-owned You Tube with safeguarding Internet free speech when the company routinely censors content for a myriad of reasons, many of which turn out to be completely discriminatory.
You Tube has also aggressively moved to censor political free speech, by acquiescing to remove hundreds of videos showing police brutality, demonstrations and other lawful activity, in order to comply with with “government removal requests”.
Videos censored under this pretext include footage of the British Constitution Group’s Lawful Rebellion protest,during which members of the group attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.
You Tube also deleted a video of Alex Jones using satire to criticize global warming alarmist and University of Oregon Professor Kari Norgaard, who argued that man-made climate change skeptics should be”treated” for having a mental disorder.
The Alex Jones Channel has been repeatedly targeted for termination by You Tube for a plethora of different reasons – all of which turned out to be completely bogus.
The screenshots below show the message we received from You Tube as well as the message seen by viewers when they attempt to watch the original video (click for enlargements).