Soulja Boy Now Officially Sending Takedown Notices

A story told in three videos:

1. "Original" Soulja Boy Video **

2. Students for Free Culture board member and friend Kevin Driscoll teaching ROLFcon nerds how to do SouljaBoy:3. Kevin responding to his Soulja Boy takedown notice:

It seems that Kevin's video has become the victim of YouTube's auto-takedown robots. Good thing he posted it to as well. More info on the ROFLcon blog.

**Soulja Boy's YouTube channel doesn't allow me to embed his video into this blog, and despite my halfhearted attempts at circumventing this "feature" I wasn't able to post it with the others. I can't believe I'm arguing for the right to embed a video, or even that it would be possible to deny me the right to do so, but this is what happens when we rely on proprietary video codecs like Flash.


  1. Kevin

    Increasing numbers of publishers are denying the opportunity to embed.
    I believe this has to do with the revenue-sharing partnerships that
    YouTube offers its most popular channels. Embeds don't expose the big
    ads in the right-hand column.

    The downside is that dozens of blog posts around the web are broken.
    YouTube reports "This video is no longer available" instead of the
    accurate message, "This video's owner does not permit embedding."
    Furthermore, bookmarklet-driven tools like Tumblr don't detect whether
    or not a YT vid is embeddable so your RSS feeds will continue to be
    plagued by misleading error messages.

    For better or worse, YouTube is an empire in decline.

    We lost Napster. We lost Oink. Is YT the next great digital library to go?

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  4. Dean


    Nope h.264 is a patent encumbered codec. It's not free in most senses of the word. Ogg Theora and Dirac are the only serious open codecs that I know of (for video over the web).


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