Does Storyblocks License Supersedes Creative Commons License?

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

On my YouTube channel, there are two types of videos that get copyright claims I can do nothing about.

  • Copyrighted music at public events
  • Videos I make on purpose with copyrighted music

A copyright claim allows a collection agency — a third-party working on behalf of a copyright owner — to collect ad revenues from videos with copyrighted music.

A third type of video that sometimes get copyright claims are the videos that I make with Creative Commons music. I always appeal to release the copyright claim on these videos.

Creative Commons is an irrevocable license. If a musician signs a label deal, their new licensing doesn’t affect my usage of the music under the Creative Commons license.

The relevant part of the license is this: “The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.”

When I cite that line in a appeal, the collection agency releases the copyright claim within hours or a few days.

A recent copyright claim on the behalf of Storyblocks took a bit more effort to resolve because they tried to assert their licensing over the Creative Commons licensing. That was unacceptable.

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Why I Buy $20 US Mouse When I Have $300 US Keyboard

I tweeted last month that I replaced the Cougar Minos X5 mouse with the Cougar Minos X2 mouse. The scroll wheel on the X5 became “twitchy” when cycling through inventory in FortNite. The last thing I want to pull out during a firefight is an unloaded weapon. The X2 was half the cost of the X5, similar in size, and didn’t have RGB. That created a controversy for some viewers of my YouTube channel. Why do I buy a $20 US mouse when I have a $300 keyboard on my desk?

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William Shatner – Rocket Man – Blue Origin Montage #SHORTS

William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk of “Star Trek: TOS”), became the oldest person at 90 years old to go into space aboard the second human Blue Origin flight on Wednesday, 10/13/2021. This montage video features scenes from the flight and inside the capsule, and the song, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, that Shatner performed at the Science Fiction Film Awards on January 20, 1978.

Installing Windows 11 on My Test PC

Two weeks ago, I upgraded my editing PC with the EVGA SuperNOVA GA 850-watt power supply. The Rosewill Glacier 500-watt power supply went into the junk box. This week I cleaned up my test PC by replacing the power supply and air cooler and installing Windows 11. Cleaning up the hardware was more impressive than installing Windows 11.

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Why JayzTwoCents Is Using Gleam For Giveaways (Again)

YouTube cracked down on Gleam, a popular contest management service, in early 2019. Two dozen small content creators got community guideline warnings for having Gleam links in the description. Nobody cared about them. When JayzTwoCents got a warning for using Gleam for his giveaway, it became a real big deal. He could have avoided the warning if he had paid attention to YouTube policy changes. I’ll explain what happened then, what changed since then, and JayzTwoCents’s new giveaway.

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Did A.I. Robot Assassinate Iranian Nuclear Scientist?

The Israeli foreign intelligence service, Mossad, assassinated Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in November 2020. The initial reports about his assassination were confusing.

  • A hit squad waited for him.
  • A truck exploded in front of his car.
  • Gunmen opened fire from a nearby car.

The most outrageous report was an A.I. robot assassin. The New York Times explains what really happened that day in a recent report.

Did an A.I. robot assassinate an Iranian nuclear scientist?

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Pre-Holiday PC Upgrades for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Is your PC ready for that Black Friday/Cyber Monday upgrade special that you plan to get this year? If your PC is like my editing PC, probably not. You might need to upgrade your PC now to make a Black Friday/Cyber Monday upgrade special possible. This week I replaced the Rosewill Glacier 500-watt power supply with the EVGA SuperNOVA GA 850-watt power supply. I’ll be able to get that Black Friday/Cyber Monday upgrade special without blowing up my power supply.

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California Recall Election RIGGED Against Republicans

California voters rejected the recall of Governor Gavin Newson by 64% to 36% this week. Republicans cried election fraud before the polls even closed. But they were correct about one thing. California elections are rigged against Republican candidates. Not because of Democratic shenanigans. California Republicans made themselves irrelevant for three reasons: geography, voter registration, and ideology.

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Revisiting The Verge PC Guide Fiasco w/Stefan Etienne

Linus Tech Tips had a surprising episode with special guest Stefan Etienne this week. If he looks familiar, Stefan hosted the infamous The Verge PC build guide video two years ago. Linus gave him the opportunity to tell his side of the story while fixing the mistakes he made in that video. I’m going to recap the PC guide fiasco, the copyright strikes that followed, and the new info from Stefan.

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