Wednesday, May 24, 2023

YouTube Copyright Strikes

 

Al Jolson in Wonder Bar 1934

Al Jolson in Wonder Bar 1934

I run a YouTube channel that hosts clips of major stars wearing blackface in movies and TV. These clips are important because of their historical and cultural value, and should be available to the general public. Most of them are available now, but for how long? At any time the studios can change their minds about allowing these clips and take down my entire channel with a series of copyright strikes. 

After getting a copyright strike, you can argue it should be considered "Fair Use for Educational Purposes" but that won't change YouTube's mind, because they don't want to get in the middle. You can also appeal to the owners of the media who file the claim, but they have no incentive to agree to any Fair Use. 

The only other option is to dispute the claim with YouTube and then prepare for a copyright lawsuit from a media company. Testing your claim in court would likely not go well, because the media corporations have tailored the copyright laws and especially "Fair Use" to give themselves maximum protection and benefits from their properties.

How do you avoid copyright strikes in the first place?

The problem for creators of this type of channel is, how can one know if a video they've uploaded will be able to avoid a copyright strike?  YouTube's Content ID system is very good during uploads at tagging videos with copyright claims and allowing short clips on channels that are not monetized. With a Content ID claim, there are no consequences for uploading a video that is rejected, or as YouTube terms it, "Your video cannot be seen anywhere."

Unfortunately that's only the beginning.  Your video can pass the Content ID checks and be public for months without any concerns till one day you get a notice that you've received a copyright strike because someone sent them a take-down notice. 

YouTube takedown notice

 

YouTube has a simple-minded solution for this problem; don't ever upload any videos that you don't have the rights to, or that you don't have written permission to use. If I followed that advice, there would be nothing on my channel. 

iKachina YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/@ikachina

 
Because I'm trying to educate the public as to the history and the full extent of blackface in film and TV, my YouTube channel is in constant danger of being shut down over copyright claims.

It takes 90 days for this one copyright strike to go away -- and that's assuming I don't get any other strikes in the mean time for videos I've already uploaded. I can't risk losing all the money and effort I've put into my channel over the past 13 years, so I won't be uploading any new videos until after the one strike is removed.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Funny Vintage Ads (76)

 

 Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

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Huffy-Radio-Bike-1955
The Huffy Radio Bike, manufactured from 1955 to 1958, had a high voltage bias supply for the tube radio and a battery pack located on the rear carrier.  Unfortunately for the Radio Bike, the first cheap and small transistor radios came out at the same time, making it very easy to take music with you everywhere.
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Pozzonis-1898

 Pozzoni started work as a hairdresser in 1850, and began making various cosmetic products for his customers. By 1869, his face power was a huge success because of aggressive advertising. Pozzoni's company's greatest success came after he died with the introduction in 1895 of the famous metal Gold Puff Box that was included with every purchase of the face powder.
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Sinclair-Micro-6
The Micro-6, introduced in 1964, was designed by Sir Clive Sinclair, whose early simple, cheap and often kit-assembled devices helped usher in the UK's home computer revolution. 
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Davis Chin - 1919
Wrinkles, sagging necks and double chins, characteristics of many women over the age of thirty-five, were commonly treated in the 1900s by combining massage and skin-care products with straps, bandages and/or tapes.
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The Fun House
Ads like this
in the back of comic books were common in the 1960s and 70s.
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Mennen - I Like Smooth Men
Advertisers can always dress up a boring product with a scantily-clad woman promising sex.
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Take the lead in Atomic Aircraft
The US spent 15 years and over one billion (in 1950s dollars) trying to design a nuclear-powered aircraft before Kennedy cancelled the effort in 1961, and started the space program that ultimately put a American astronauts on the moon.
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Spry on Beef
And who doesn't love a generous coating of lard on their beef.
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Romance Chocolates
In 1928, Dorothy Cox, her brother Joseph, and their four sisters, Margaret, Ursula, Eileen, and Theresa founded the Cox Candy business using recipes out of a Fanny Farmer Cookbook. 
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RCA - Bigger than life
Yeah, and the picture can even be bigger than "life size" by zooming in more. Meanwhile, that $500 in 1955, would be worth $5,631.27 in 2023.
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Hughes Products - How soon will you be able to see over the phone?
In 1957, Hughes engineers could envision a future with picture phones but couldn't also imagine a change from rotary to push-button dialing.
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Dustless Housecleaning
Dustless? Hardly. And definitely not effortless, because it works by pumping the handles.
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Mammy's Favorite Coffee
The C. D. Kenny Co. was a Baltimore, Maryland-based importer of tea and coffee founded by Cornelius David Kenny in 1872. Hit hard by the Great Depression, the company closed its retail stores in 1935. It was acquired by Nathan Cummings' Consolidated Food Corporation of Chicago in 1939 and is now owned by Sara Lee.
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Holloway's Pills and Ointment
Thomas Holloway made his fortune by manufacturing patent medicines in the 19th century. His pills and ointment were advertised as being a 'universal cure' for almost any illness or disease and were used by thousands of people throughout the Victorian period, including Queen Victoria.
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Texaco - Don't think
Texaco tells us not to worry because they've got this war under control, while assuring us that Hitler's minions are not allowed to think.
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New National Guard
"That's right son, you can be a hero, just like me. And someday you might even get a 10% discount at Home Depot."
The "New" National Guard turned out to be a lot like the old National Guard - low pay and the chance to be sent off to war at a moment's notice.
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Sweet William  - Daring motion pictures
If you're gonna sell "nudie movies" then maybe "Sweet William" isn't the best company name.
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Porsche - small penis
It's true: people with self-esteem issues tend to spend more money on flashy and expensive objects like cars to make themselves feel better.
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Honeywell Kitchen Computer
The Honeywell Kitchen Computer was a special offering by Neiman Marcus in 1969, as one of a continuing series of extravagant gift ideas, and the first time a computer was offered as a consumer product. It cost US$10,000 (equivalent to US$74,000 in 2021) and was completely impractical because the user needed to complete a two-week course just to learn how to program the device, using only toggle-switch input and binary-light output.
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The Boosters
The Coke Booster and the Grass Booster were a humidifier and dehumidifier respectively and were a cash cow for this company because drug users were happy to pay 10 times what these items were worth.
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Dreft - No wash
"All you have to do is rinse the dishes, giving a swish of the cloth where needed..." Wait! I thought you just said, "No Wash, No Wipe." Now which is it?
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Win a Pair of Monkee Socks
These are "Genuine Monkee Socks" because we wrote "Monkees" on them.
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The People's Temple
Peoples Temple was a religious community led by Jim Jones (1931–78) that came to international attention after some 900 of its members died at their compound in Jonestown, Guyana, in a massive act of murder-suicide on November 18, 1978.
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Corvair - The compact car that threw the book away
They should have kept that book. The rear engine placement in the Corvair caused a weight imbalance that resulted in poor handling.
In his book “Unsafe at Any Speed”, the famous political activist Ralph Nader claimed that the Chevrolet Corvair was the most dangerous automobile on the road in the 1960s.
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Dutch Boy White Lead
"Home is what you make it." 
The people who used this paint made their homes into hazardous waste sites. White lead paint was considered the premium paint until the late 1970s, when it was regulated out of existence.
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Petal Soft Tampax
Tampax gently confronts the myth that virgins can't use tampons.
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Better See Motorola TV
Motorola TV's "Miracle Interlace" was more than just an advertising gimmick. Their engineers were able to precisely synchronize the scan lines so that there were no blank spaces in between.
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North American Aviation - 3 reasons
During WW2, the trade group North American Aviation tried to convince Americans that their industry was not making record profits and therefore their workers shouldn't strike or demand big raises.
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Fat People - Hall & Co
"Stella" lost 135 pounds, but apparently none of it came from her face.
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Chicago College of Advertising
Yes friends,
we can't promise you an actual job, but we can teach you how to write ads just like the gainfully employed writer who wrote this ad. 
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Monday, April 3, 2023

Funny Vintage Ads (75)

 Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

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Venus-Adonis Electric Normalizer
The Venus-Adonis Electric Normalizer, a vacuum type device for body contouring was a convenient way to “streamline your figure” in the comfort of your own home. 
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Bally Space Ship
Back in the 1950s, this was cool, but today a kid this age would be embarrassed to be seen anywhere near this thing. The 'Space Ship' was manufactured in the late 40's and early 50's by 'Bally Manufacturing Company' of Chicago, IL.
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Get Big Husky Muscles
Sorry ladies! This is "for men only." 
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Hotpoint Electric Gifts
You can plug it in or just use it as a mirror.
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Rinso - Whiteness Insurance
 For maximum "whiteness insurance" always surround yourself with white people.
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Prudential - The man who always makes them think of Jim
Apparently, they only remember the dearly departed on the first of every month when the check arrives.
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Zundel sanitary toilet chair
"How difficult it is to keep the indoor toilet out of sight!"
You could try closing the bathroom door. Hide the toilet like this and someone might use the sink instead!
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Color Does it! -- toilet seats
The Happy Face is probably enough already.
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Space Ranger
In 1978, Space Ranger inventor Richard Timewell started a few bush fires, hit some trees and his brother John broke a rib. On the plus side, he took one ride to 200 feet before putting his invention on the market. 
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Jell-O Salads
OK, but maybe not lime Jell-O with olives and celery.
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Fountain Tomato Sauce
She gave her all for your tomato sauce!
Australia's favorite tomato sauce was created in 1906 by W.C. Douglas company, a Sydney-based grocery wholesaler.
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Unpleasant odor from underarm hair
Underarm hair, while it can be unsightly, doesn't cause or aggravate odor. Bacteria causes the odor and soap is the preferred solution.
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IBM - Getting your answers at electronic speed
In 1951, you could get answers at electronic speed, but it often took several days to create the question in a way the computer could understand.
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Hypnotism -- New York Institute of Science
The New York Institute of Science of Rochester, N.Y. was a mail-order company offering courses in the studies of personal magnetism, hypnosis, and occult science. It operated from 1899 until 1912, when the U.S. Post Office banned the mailing of its literature.
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Autoette
The Autoette was an electric microcar (aka golf cart) created and manufactured from 1948 to the 1970s.
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Ponds - Flakiness
"Melts flakiness away..." except for that one flake who won't take no for an answer.
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Luckies - They taste better
Need a hat on your model for this picture? Just glue one on the photo and then copy it.
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Kraft - win space ship
Kids could sit behind their own control panels, twisting knobs and pushing buttons, while they watched a movie being projected in front of them from the nose cone of the simulator.
The winner was reportedly a young girl from a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri who donated it to her elementary school in 1959.  Later it was moved to the lawn of the Missouri Department of Mental Health and then destroyed in the late 1960s because they thought it wasn't appropriate. 
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Nickelodeon TV is safe for children
The sugary cereals and other unhealthy crap advertised on Nickelodeon is far more dangerous to your kid's health than the violence on other channels.
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Undie Odor Kills Charm
Yeah, maybe you should put on fresh underwear after a shower.
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Towne Shopper
The International Motor Company of San Diego introduced the Towne Shopper to the world in December of 1947. The little car weighed 600lbs and promised to sell for $600, but it never actually went into production.
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Sun West -- Nude Psychotherapy
No thanks. I brought my own trauma. I don’t need to see Fred naked.
Psychologist Paul Bindrim pioneered non-sexual nude psychotherapy in 1967, but by the late 1970s, he had abandoned it. 
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GW Sugar
"Sugar is a vital factor in a healthy diet." No, it's not and comparing refined sugar with the natural sugar in an orange is dishonest. The natural sugar in an orange is combined with nutrients, while refined sugar is just empty calories with no nutritional benefits.
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7up and milk
Mixing milk with soda certainly makes it a better choice than soda alone, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's good for you.
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The Go-Seat
The only thing the "Go-Seat" was good for was tipping-over.
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Cygnet Rear Car Co.
Even though the rear car seemed like a good idea in the 1910s, it turned out that most people either wanted a true car or a motorcycle, not both.
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Stuffed Girl's Heads
Even in the 1950s, this display in a guy's home would have been a flashing red DANGER sign.
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Colgate - Scared to smile
If your breath stinks you can still smile around others. Just don't exhale.
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God Jesus Robot
The God Jesus Robot was a toy sold in Japan in the 1980s. The toy would answer any of your questions about life by nodding his head with a yes or no. 
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Banner Space Helmet
Banner's Space Helmet with Radar Goggles was a big seller in the 1950s, despite looking really stupid.
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