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The Hollyweird studioes believe they have the right to control the entire internet and pretty much everything else in the world in order to protect the precious garbage that they spew out. To this end they have even muscled Intel and AMD to take control of your computer at the hardware level:
I thought this article was going to be about Obama.
You owe me a t shirt… gotdamn it! Just spilled coffee all over…
Hahaha! Thanks, Eric. I could send you one of those “Not only am I perfect, but I’m Italian too” ones…. 😉 (The Swiss part of ya’s close enough. Do you like pasta, at least?)
That was fuckin’ funny!
One of the better YouTube producers AvE, tends to swear like a… well, like a man hard at work in a machine shop. A recent production started out with him throwing out a string of F-bombs and then the line above. I doubt he makes much off advertising even though he has 884,195 subscribers. He’s turned to Patreon, which has it’s own issues, mostly that they take a pretty hefty cut for their service.
My guess is the reposting YouTube videos of heroes behaving badly, which certainly were “demonetized” due to their advertiser adverse content is what did you in. Of course we’ll never know for sure, but since Google controls both YouTube and Ad sense I’m sure there’s a connection. And you’ll never hear anything else from Google either. No appeal, nothing.
Now one might say that Google is the problem with capitalism. Except that Google wouldn’t exist without the DMCA. Because Hollywood wants to have an easy way to stop copyright “violations” on the Internet, so the rules are pretty restrictive when it comes to tracking copyrighted material. So much so that you have to keep massive logs of everything your users are up to, so you can supply evidence if the case would ever go to trial. Most small upstart shops aren’t going to get the VC money required to lawyer up for compliance, so they find something else to do -something that will be twisted by the VCs into an acquisition target, not a competitor to Google.
Eric’s vid-JAY-ohs are skookum, but Youtube doesn’t chooch- or so I heard when I went down to the Homeless Despot to get some Chineesium for the doodley-doo…. 😀
Be careful with the pokey-bits.
And keep your d*** in a vise.