Topic: ******New YouTube Policy******
Hey all, Joe's team here.
So we've spent years just letting the YouTube community do their thing, and continued with our "Let fans be fans" approach, but things are getting pretty out of hand at this point. Years ago, people would just post Joe videos to get his name out there, but YouTube is a VERY different place these days. Monetizing videos by allowing ads to be run means that anyone can (and do) just grab a Joe DVD, rip it to their computer, upload them to YouTube, turn on all ads and make money from pirating Joe's catalog. Same goes for ripping a CD, adding some pictures and making a slide-show fan music video.
First these were flattering, but now it's just rampant copyright claims. We've posted Joe videos to Joe's official channel and had a random user from central Africa claim to be the "copyright owner" since they're already running the same video with their ads on it. We have to take a stand.
So, as of this moment, J&R will be copyright striking all videos that were ever released by J&R on a DVD/Bluray, as well as FULL SONGS released on an audio CD, edited or un-edited.
Video you filmed yourself with your own camera (from the audience) are still totally fine.
If you have uploaded these kinds of videos to your YouTube, or know a fan that did, please take them down immediately, or message the person who can. Taking them down now will stop the system from automatically striking your channel. YouTube does not make it easy to contact channel owners, so we're trying to warn everyone before their channel gets bad marks.
Thanks for understanding, and realize that we're putting 1000% more effort into Joe's channel these days and this means much more content, including exclusive never-before-seen stuff.