Yesterday, I googled myself regarding my sculpture work after talking with a new professional contact. Just wanted to see what she was seeing and I Havenít done it in a few months while Iíve been producing lots of video content. Different terms were used for several different searches. One yielded a link to a new site, claiming to be of clean character and content even though it appears to be a blatant rip-off of YouTubeÖ. Itís call Gan Jing World
There was a channel on ganjing created four months ago using my YouTube Carolina Sculpture Studio channel name, YouTube channel avatar and eight of my older YouTube videosÖ. Not sampled. Not edited. Just lifted and posted like I had done it, by someone who could now interact with commenting viewers like he/she is me. It looked exactly like my YouTube channel, duplicated on this new ganjing platform. Not cool.
So I sent an email to ganjing admin, voicing my dissatisfaction and expectation that the channel & videos be removed before someone got who knows what comment responses & advice from that fake ganjing ďmeĒ or someday benefited from any monetization of the stolen videos. Today, the copyright Dept removed the channel. Very surprised, but this may only be Round One of a new, never-ending war.
To keep this WG appropriate, I wonít get into my personal btdt experience & perspective on similar things and situations. I expected my YouTube videos to be used & abused. Thatís why Iím posting them for free vs thinking I could sell them like the old days. Iíve seen friends spend a lot to go down that road. But I didnít expect that my online identity would be used & abused along with them.
I will suggest anyone who has video channels on platforms like YouTube watch for similar misappropriation of their content and online presence. If you find yourself in a similar situation, good luck.