YouTube Allows Third Party Ad Installments on Your Videos

by on October 9, 2010

in Entertainment

Did you know that YouTube lets owners of rights to various mediums install their own ads on your videos?

One of the things I pride myself on is not having succumb to putting ads in videos. The vids I host on YouTube are ones I receive from the source, ie the networks, studios, production companies, etc.. I upload them to YouTube for hosting and link/embed them in my articles. I personally don’t approve of putting one’s ads or logo over someone else’s video that they were so gracious to provide to you. It feels insidious… like a used-car salesman trick.

One of my main gripes is that an ad in a video takes away from the experience of a video, distracts you from the intent.

So I’ve been happily uploading videos with pride. (Chest thump here!)

Then one day I returned to my video channel and was looking to post a preview clip from Let Me In, but egads, there was a huge ad on the bottom of my video that ties into an Amazon account that isn’t mine. WTH is that about?

My first bit of confusion came from the fact that I have an Amazon Associates account and I tried to figure out what I did. I pulled the video down and reloaded it, making sure there were no. But the ad showed up again. Whaaaa?

Now if you ever needed to contact YouTube, they’ve gone the way of Google and I can’t seem to find an email address for them. All support links seem to point to Bulletin Boards where users have posted their own experiences and their own experiences seem to add up to one thing, even if you uploaded a video and had no intent no peppering it with ads, YouTube has something else to say about it.

Apparently if someone, a business entity, discovers their rights protected content within any video, they can freely place their ads on your content. No asking, no heads up, just added, just like that. I get where they’re coming from, where YouTube wants to be profitable and have users monetize their video feeds. I’m just a bit upset that they can do it at will on content one has uploaded. So far, I’ve found it on my Let Me In preview clip and an NBC owned Syfy Channel TV show clip.

Because of this, Ive started uploading videos and posting videos unlisted and no longer show up in my channel. This is in the hopes that the videos can’t be too easily located and hence, monetized from a third party. My only problem, if this practice fails, what do I do?

When an entity screws me over, I do my best to pull my form of support from that entity in any way possible. Whether it be to never do business with the entity or never send business their way, I do what I can to show my distaste of their unfairness or brash ‘tude. But this is YouTube. YouTube is pretty good at what it does and it would be a shame to have to find a different provider. My leaving the service won’t even be a blip on the radar for the video service so I wouldn’t be doing it to make a statement, but it would be more about serving my readership and staying true to what I want for you, and that’s an uninterrupted moment of enjoyment watching a video.

Alternatives to YouTube?

I’ve looked around and it just doesn’t feel like there is any real competitor to YouTube. It’s either that or host the videos on my own site, negating the bandwidth savings from my paid-for hosting package. Other video hosting/sharing websites include MegaCafe, Break, Yahoo Video, Vimeo & others. It really depends on your own needs. This particular site is a recent 2010 list of services available to alternatives:

The following are older links that bring up other hosting services, though read with caution, as most information is rather outdated. I’m offering the links as a list of sorts.

For now, I’m going to continue with YouTube unless this happens more often and then I’m going to have to address the issue a bit more seriously and look to alternatives and pull my business from the YouTube site. Now, ya know! I doubt this situation will really impact anyone but it’s a principal thing.

For me, it always is about principal.

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