You never really know where you stand over on YouTube, particularly if you like to use other people’s material as grist for your videos. There’s nothing wrong with this practice and it’s covered by the “fair use” provision of the Copyright Act of 1976. But that hasn’t stopped some people from catching copyright hell whenever they dare to stand up for the right to criticize other people’s work. Bearing, a noted YouTuber on the anti-SJW side of things, is just the latest victim. Instead of just getting a strike, though, his whole channel has been terminated as of this posting. There are hopes that it’s a glitch, but we’ll see what happens on that front.
Sargon of Akkad, himself a recent victor over copyright claim thuggery, had this to say on the matter:
Hopefully this does turn out to be a glitch, but with the way YouTube has been as of late, who really knows? Something needs to change in regards to their copyright claim system, although I don’t have the perfect answer to that. But the current state of affairs is sort of abysmal. Bearing is a pretty cool guy and definitely doesn’t deserve the ax. I talked to him myself earlier this year, if you would like to peruse that conversation.
— Massive Dynamyx 🏴 (@MassiveDynamyx) December 6, 2016
I’ll update this post as more information comes in. As for now, there’s a petition to bring Bearing back to YouTube that’s sitting at 9,000 strong at the moment.
UPDATE: Well, throw out pretty much everything I said up there. It looks like Bearing’s channel was suspended for a good, although still unfortunate, reason. The bear logo that he has plastered all over the place actually comes from a children’s cartoon series called Total Drama. I’m somewhat familiar with it because my ex’s niece loved the show and I saw it a couple times as a result. I actually enjoyed it much more than I do most kid’s cartoons these days. I didn’t realize Bearing was using the same bear, however. Not only that, he’s selling merchandise with that bear on it.
Still, even with those facts, I wish they would have given him a chance to clean up the channel. It would have been hard, given the amount of times the Total Drama Bear is used, but it could have possibly been done. Hell, just delete all the vids and start over with subs intact. I’m no longer sure that will be an option for Bearing, though.
Some of the reaction to this news has been merciless…