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This site is a repository of multimedia educational content that is designed to support learners in their ongoing quest to build knowledge. As the digital story below (“My Meme Story”) exemplifies perfectly, the large video upload sites (such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) are frequently duped by fraudulent content providers who make bogus claims about copyright violation.
“My Meme Story” makes limited use of a few snippets of material from original content creators and gives credit to all of them. For educational purposes, this is permitted by the “Fair Use” provisions of standard copyright law.
One of the songs is the historically significant “Dragostea din tei” (also known as “Numa Numa“) that was originally recorded by the Moldovan pop group O-Zone in 2003. It enjoyed enormous success on pop music charts all over the world and, as leading anthropologist Michael Wesch pointed out in “An anthropological introduction to YouTube,” it was the song used by Gary Brolsma created his “Numa Numa” lip sync performance and uploaded it to Newgrounds.com. Gary’s dance went viral immediately and, as Dr. Wesch says in the dedication at the end of his presentation, it started the dance of human to human connectivity–now known as social networking. This was in 2004–before YouTube even existed–and it has forever changed our culture.
After the original release by O-Zone, a Romanian entertainer named Paula Mitrache (a.k.a. by the stage name of Haiducii ) recorded an unauthorized cover version of the song, which made her rich and famous, but also resulted in her being “sued by O-Zone for copyright infringement, since she had neither obtained permission from O-Zone to record the single nor given due credit to Dan Bălan for being the original writer of the song.”
Here, now, is the incredible point of this article.
For months after my original upload of “My Meme Story” to YouTube–which includes excerpts of only the O-zone version of the song, it was banned by YouTube in over 200 countries because of a bogus copyright infringement claim. It may have been personally filed by the original copyright infringer, Haiducii, or it may have been an automatically generated claim by YouTube’s infamous Content ID system.
Regardless of the source of the bogus copyright claim, it is extremely frustrating because Haiducii was sued by O-zone for stealing their song, I used only the O-zone version of the song (because hers has no musical or historical significance), and, furthermore, my educational videos are good only because I make “fair use” of clear and original examples. As a result of this frustration, I decided to build this site (EduVid) so that learning and education are never again stifled by either dishonest performers or big, powerful internet behemoths, like YouTube, with its inaccurate Content ID system.
Moral of the story: beware of the many con-artists who lurk and commit fraud on YouTube, Vimeo, and similar SNS video upload sites. If you are not 100% vigilant, you and your hard work could become their next victims.
That being said, I am proud to present this self-hosted version of “My Meme Story,” viewable in any country in the world that has uncensored internet access: