By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm
[FURTHER UPDATE: As commenter Jdoors explains, I can see the video I uploaded when I’m logged into YouTube. But I’m the only one who can see it–for everybody else, it’s blocked.]
[UPDATE: The original video, with Dylan soundtrack, is still playing for me here at home in Daly City, California. But Network World’s Paul McNamara, commenters, and others are saying that it’s blocked for them. Sounds like the geolocation technology that YouTube uses has decided that Daly City isn’t in the U.S. Or something like that.]
Back in October, shortly after Steve Jobs passed away, I uploaded a wonderful video to YouTube. It was called “To Steven Jobs on his thirtieth birthday,” and was a film created by Jobs’ Apple coworkers in 1985 to show at his birthday party. (Craig Elliott, who worked at Apple when it was made and shown, was the generous soul who shared it with me.)
I’d never seen the video or many of the Jobs images it included, and thought they deserved to be more widely known. Now they are: The YouTube version has been viewed almost 240.000 times.
But Paul McNamara of Network World noticed something about the video which I didn’t know: It was missing. As he explains, when he tried to play it, he got a message saying it violated Sony Music Entertainment’s copyright and was therefore blocked. After reading his post, I checked, and got the same alert that he did.
And…I guess the video did violate Sony’s copyright. The (perfect) soundtrack was Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages.” SI didn’t regret uploading it–YouTube is bursting at the seams with copyrighted music. But if Sony took action against it, I’m not outraged. Just sad.
Here’s the thing, though: I just checked the video again, and it’s working again. For me, at least. As of right now. Here it is:
I see that it has a link letting you buy “My Back Pages” from iTunes, the Android Marketplace, or Amazon; maybe Sony is just as happy leaving the video up in hopes of monetizing it. If so, good!
But just in case: Here’s another version of “To Steven Jobs on His Thirtieth Birthday.” Without any audio at all. It’s nowhere near as good as the Dylan one, but far better than nothing…