A few months ago while viewing some videos on YouTube I came across a rather EVIL video that showed MJ as a monster, and I'm not talking about the Thriller video. It was troubling me so I went on a quest. I want to remove this garbage. Just because he's no longer alive, doesn't mean his legacy died as well and it's just disrespectful.

Anyway, this is what I found out in my spare time of researching:

According to YouTube, hundreds of thousands of videos are uploaded daily. It would be extremely expensive for YouTube to evaluate every video about which a complaint is received, so unless the content violates an extremely narrow range of policy, YouTube can't be bothered. It's strictly a business--not security--decision to allow hate to reside on YouTube's free file sharing site.

http://www.youtube.com/t/fact_sheet

Traffic and Stats People are watching 2 billion videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube

The practical reality is that Google receives gigantic revenue from advertisements that accompany videos on YouTube, its free video sharing site.

http://techcrunch.com/2006/09/21/you...ber-15-billion

There’s nothing particularly wrong with free enterprise conducted in this manner except that to monitor the enormous amount of footage uploaded every day would cost a lot of money. Therefore, Google's guidelines for removal are narrow.

Where Does YouTube Draw the Line?
http://www.google.com/support/forum/...8d00f758&hl=en

YouTube’s TOS says: We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we don't permit hate speech (speech that attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

YouTube won’t remove these hate videos. When contacted through YouTube’s protocol for reporting objectionable videos, they respond as follows:

Hi there,

We've been unable to identify a Community Guidelines violation

(http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines)

with the content in question. We would encourage you to attempt to resolve any continuing issues directly with the uploader of the content in question. You may be able to contact the user through YouTube's private messaging feature. Instructions on how to use this feature can be found at the following link:

http://www.google.com/support/youtub...n&answer=57955

Sincerely,

The YouTube Team

yeah right, that's not gonna work!

Because YouTube will not exercise sound principles of community conduct regarding what is uploaded onto their website, I see no alternative but to remove these videos by whatever means possible. I don’t know how to do this, but I'm still searching.

If Julian Assagne and today's Gawker incidents are so relevant that this CAN happen, then I feel I have hope.

Current and ongoing Internet trends and schemes identified by the Internet Crime Complaint Center along with its description:

Auction Fraud
Auction Fraud — Romania
Counterfeit Cashier's Check
Credit Card Fraud
Debt Elimination
Parcel Courier Email Scheme
Employment/Business Opportunities
Escrow Services Fraud
Identity Theft
Internet Extortion
Investment Fraud
Lotteries
Nigerian Letter or "419"
Phishing/Spoofing
Ponzi/Pyramid
Reshipping
Spam
Third Party Receiver of Funds

I don't see removal of YouTube videos on that list!!

To understand the distinction between what I want to do and true mayhem, here's a list of cyber crimes for which the perps were arrested and charged:

http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime

Judge: 111FAS you've been charged with breaking into YouTube and removing videos that disparage Michael Jackson. How do you plead?

111FAS: Guilty, your Honor.

Judge: Um..let's see...the penalty for breaching the username and password to a free file sharing site is...is...is...gee, I don't think there is one.

111FAS: I left the awesome videos by Michael Jackson undisturbed, your Honor. And all the beautiful and heartfelt tribute videos are still there.

Judge: I see. Well, don't do it again!

111FAS: But I'm going to, sir. You see, there's already too much hate in the world. It's not fair or good or right that a stunning entertainer and outstanding humanitarian who was acquitted after a brutal trial should be disparaged in death by hateful people. Also, sir, his children shouldn't have to see this junk, either.

Judge: Hmmm...well...hmmm...you didn't take any sensitive information, did you?

111FAS: No, sir. Nothing like that. I took just the hate. Have you seen Michael has a new album coming out it's on YouTube?

Judge: No ! I only heard about it, sounds awesome!

111FAS: It's beautiful! Now, see, I would never take that down!

Judge: You'd better not! Say, I saw MJ live at Madison Square Garden in '88.

111FAS: Aw, man--you lucky, Judge!

Judge: Alright, then, no harm done. Case dismissed.

my quest continues!
111FAS