YouTube didn’t like the video clip I included in my Pimp My Ride post from the other day!

Xzibit on Pimp My RideViacom pimped Black Fives, so why can’t I pimp Viacom?

They hated it so much, that I got this email:

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Viacom International Inc. claiming that this material is infringing:

Black Fives on Pimp My Ride (Lime Green Beetle): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmWh2ALDxLA

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.
Be aware that there may be adverse legal consequences in your country if you make a false or bad faith allegation of copyright infringement by using this process.

Sincerely,
YouTube, Inc.

Well, it was really Viacom that hated it. YouTube was just doing the right thing, protecting them. I would expect YouTube to protect me, and you, and our interests as well.

But now you know, this is the kind of letter you’ll get if you try this at home!

But … I still have the video.

So with the help of Flash embedding, I’m able to show it to you here along with some other Black Fives brand related videos you might enjoy (give them a moment to load up).

Anyway, something still doesn’t seem right about all of this. I mean, MTV and Viacom International never asked me for my permission to use the Black Fives brand on their show, right? So why can’t I pimp them?

On the other hand, since I respect copyright law, I guess I can appreciate what they did.

You probably would too.

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