Compilation Videos

If you have never wasted 30 mins+ of your life watching compilation videos of funny animals doing funny animal things you missed out on a fundamental internet experience. As much as I adore compilation videos for putting together what are often 10 seconds long samples of video genius into minutes of digestible amusement, I never considered that each individual clip has a separate creator who may want the rights to it reserved.

If you think about it, a large portion of Youtube’s content are video remixes as opposed to original self shot work. If each and every individual had to pay someone to use their footage that they found on the internet a whole Youtube sub-culture of remixes and compilations would likely disappear; primarily due to the fact that these are done by ordinary bored citizens with no production costs, that’s the whole point.The benefit of copyrighting a video of a cat jumping into a bathtub would obviously be the fact that the creator could get potential royalties back from their own work, but it’s unlikely that someone would be ready to pay for it in the first place.

It feels like copyrighting Youtube videos would be a slippery slope to attempting to copyright all original input into the web, and that’s just no fun. The whole point of this tool, dating back to it’s origins, is to share ideas freely and expand on the foundation of common knowledge and resources. The funny thing about Youtube is that more than half of the content would not be of broadcastable standard, but the whole point is that it’s there, it’s free and it’s kind of amusing in a non-committal way.

I say let the compilations be, more funny videos is always better than less.

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4 Comments

  1. I have never really thought about it this way. Sometimes when you watch compilation videos, it’s hard to remember that someone else created each individual clip.

    I completely agree with you, we shouldn’t tighten copyright laws on Youtube videos. Videos like this were originally created for pure entertainment, and unfortunately, I think that nowadays people are too focused on making money. It is no longer about doing what you love and entertaining your audience but rather providing your audience with what they want to see so that you will get paid by Youtube.

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  2. I agree with you, compilations should definitely carry on, they are much more entertaining that just clinking away on each and any video is order to get the amount of cute cats needed. And I agree with Louana’s ^ comment as well, people care way too much about making money out of YouTube content now, it used to be only fun and games before it’s all industrialisation began.

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  3. I agree that stricter copyright laws would be the end of many funny Youtube videos. However, if I was able to capitalize off of a simple video I would DEFINITELY be interested in receiving a check. I have a close friend who copyrighted a Vine video and has been able to make a solid amount of money from it, which he would have lost out on if he didn’t protect his work. The Vine video, which was put up on Youtube, has more than half of a million views.

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  4. I agree, copyright laws shouldn’t be tightened on YouTube. Surely the people who uploaded such amusing videos just wanted to share some fun and entertainment. However, it’s true when you point out that each creator of each clip from compilation videos may not have given consent for it to be included. I know that comical shows such as You’ve Been Framed give ¬£250 to the owners of each clip sent in if they’re used in the program – this makes it more tempting to share funny or embarrassing moments to the world. YouTube does give a cash reward to its providers, but as @louanaerard97 said, a lot of people are just too driven to make money these days and therefore some content on YouTube can become too extreme, perhaps immoral and therefore not entertaining. I recently came across a man pranking his girlfriend by pouring a pack of flour over her whilst she was in the shower, and although he’d censored her, such content becomes quite ridiculous and shows that people only care about how many views they can get. Even though some videos can be quite hilarious, it’s a shame to know that the moral behind making videos for YouTube is slowly changing.

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