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Embedding Disabled by Request?

I just spent an hour trying to find a particular Cinderella video I wanted to post for you. I couldn't, because it seemed that every single Cinderella clip now says "embedding disabled by request."

Give me a break.

I'm against illegal downloading. You all know this. I'm also all about supporting bands. You also know this. For a label to shut down sharing of video clips seems pretty counterproductive to me. I mean, to my knowledge, there's no way you can steal music via YouTube. If there is a way to steal the music then I get why labels are blocking the ability for web owners to embed tracks.

So, assuming there's no way to really strip the songs to create a high quality torrent of music, what is the harm in passing around video clips? Why wouldn't Universal Music want me to embed a clip of their artist on this highly trafficked website? I don't get it.

Word of mouth is the most basic way any musician, writer, artist or actor gains fans - and fame. That fame translates to money. That money makes labels very happy.

I get that YouTube has had its share of copyright battles. I am 100% in agreement that it's not ok to post videos that are violent or graphic in nature. Still, if we're just talking about a video clip that is more than 25 years old - what's the harm? Some new, younger fans? Some older fans reliving the past?

What are your thoughts on labels that don't allow users to embed video clips?


Reader Comments (20)

"This video is not available in your country" is another frustrating one.

I find that Dailymotion can be good for videos which are inadequately provided on youtube..
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Well, if you can play it on my screen, then I can capture it, but I still agree with you - these videos are just a great marketing tool, it's not the same as mp3s, which are always easy to find if someone wants to steal them. My question is, if they are going to block the files, why not release them on DVD. I know Cinderella has, I have the DVD, but bands like Kix, have not ( which I know is their record company, not the band, deciding to keep them to themselves ).
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Personally, I think this is ridiculous. I know that Warner Brothers isn't even allowing any videos that they own the copyright to to be played on You Tube. A lot of the videos are now "muted" in response to this. I wonder if Cinderella videos fall into the same category?

The great thing about You Tube is that you CAN relive the past with all those classic videos. And the more you watch and listen, the more you're gonna say, "Hmm, I don't have that CD yet. Let me go out and get a copy." Just like you said, it will translate into more sales. I just don't get understand record execs....
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyo Vie
Yeah I know what you mean Allyson...I agree with ya.
But if you want to post a Cinderella video on here...try Myspace! ;)
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Yeah i totally agree with what everyone said, completely rediculous. I cant watch the SOLA video on youtube, because its not available in this country. I want to know why, as its available for download on iTunes.

Another thing, even if you could capture the music from youtube, not embedding it is hardly going to stop you, if you want the song you can merely go on youtube and search it!
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
you can rip the song and make it an mp3 from a video with the proper video player but the quality isn't exactly awesome.
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdon
I suspect it has more to do with ADVERTISING. Videos embedded in other web sites drive traffic to those sites, and therefore typically generated ad revenue, yet the content was the record companies.

It doesn't mean I agree with the practice, but ad revenue is the main source of money on the web...
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Metal Jesus
What video was it?
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
I always thought they do it this way because they want you to come to their YouTube channel, watching the clip there in hopes you might check out other clips on the channel.

But yeah, it IS very annoying. :( Just posting the link isn't the same as embedded clips.

It's very easy to rip clips from YouTube, embedded or not. ;) The quality isn't that good, though.
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
string 'em up by their balls, says I!
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
Cinderella are pop rock, they played toned down rock and wore makeup so girls would buy there records, thats really rock n roll. The term glam should only be used for the 70s scene.
January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter???
This annoys the crap out of me. Daily Motion is growing because you can embed 100% of their videos, and Universal has a channel on that site (imagine that).

On a side note, I don't know what is going on with Warner Brothers, but Youtube just had me take down one of my videos that I shot of the Bulletboys in February of 2008. The claim my live video of For The Love of Money was copyright infringement. I am sure they own the rights of the song, but I used none of their content.

The more this happens, the more I don't want to cover any of their artists past or present. My video has probably helped them sell a few more Bulletboys CD's that they probably have a surplus on hand of.

I am thinking that Warner Brothers, and other labels have a vendetta against youtube.
I know this comment is a bit late and you may never see it but here it is anyway...

Embedding a video from Youtube with "embeddding disabled by request" is a simple process. You copy the embed code from another video that does allow it and simply change the unique video I.D. (found in the url)to the one from the video you wanted to embed.

In fact I managed to find a site for you that shows exactly what it is that you need to do.
June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBugmeat
Oops... Sorry about that. I forgot the URL for the site I just mentioned.
June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBugmeat
The big media corporations are retarded. I don't know what they are thinking when disabling embed on movie trailers, but clearly they cutting off their free advertising. Also these cockroaches claim copyright infringement on trailers, and again they're completely out of their sick, greedy minds. Actually I believe that some sunny day they'll want from us to pay for watching their trailers.
July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob Bob
Copyright is onesided. Do you think your company is going to pay you royalties for your ideas once you've retired or been retrenched or sacked? Till they implement IP FOR ALL, to respect it under quite a few circumstances is to disadvantage yourself in the face of the exceedingly priviliged. This sort of IP will simply translate us to making the best out of a bad situation as opposed to getting rid of it. This does not refer to those whom are making a living off copyright as opposed to 'making a killing' of the huge sums of money that enables them to maintain their 'celeb' status and maintain their multi-million dollar whores, condos, and et cetera.

I support the unbiased implementation of IP.
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