YouTube Fail

It is a trend for me and many other WordPress bloggers to use music videos from YouTube in their posts.

I found out this week that many of the videos posted long ago have been removed for copyright infringement, leaving those posts with a void.

At the news of David Bowie’s passing, I tried to reblog a post from last year that included a lovely, poignant video of him at the ceremony following the tragedy of September 11.


David Bowie sings “America”.Concert for NYC. October, 2001.

It showed him alone, on a dimly lit stage in New York City, using a simple keyboard to accompany his performance of Simon and Garfunkel’s haunting song “America”.

The YouTube video was important to illustrate the simplicity and sincerity of Bowie’s contribution to the event.

The original video was pulled, and I had some trouble finding another that spoke to me as well as that one.

It makes me want to go through the hundreds of other posts where I’ve used YouTube, to see how many videos might be missing ?

I wonder if anyone has found a better source for music videos that do not stand the chance of being removed.


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38 Responses to YouTube Fail

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Van: I too have had the same thing happen with posts. Sometimes Vimeo videos seem to be okay. You may want to check it out. Incidentally, you probably haven’t seen any posts from me in awhile. I had to use the privacy settings for my blog. Please come by sometime and subscribe. I have always loved your comments, feedback and support. Your friend, Shrew.

    • Hi Shrew, I have missed your posts, and wondered what happened. Thanks, will have to check out the subscription for you. Will look into Vimeo as well, glad to get the tip. ☺

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    It seems to be an ongoing problem, unless they are uploaded direct to the blog from your own machine with the video package.

  3. The V-Pub says:

    It’s a sad state of affairs. The closer that we get to TV over IP, more and more of this will happen. You can try or

    • Dailymotion is a new one for me. Thanks, Rob. Liveleak…I’ve seen, it scares me a little.

      • The V-Pub says:

        I’ve seen the liveleak links searching for that Bowie video, and it appears it’s there. I’ve used dailymotion before, but can’t figure out how to embed the videos in a wordpress post.

  4. Erika Kind says:

    I experienced the same within hours. It was crazy. I posted the song and after a while the comments said, that the video was removed. Also it is annoying when some videos are not shown in different countries.

  5. Apparently Google is tightening up their criteria. I’ve been told that my posts to Google+ violated their rule: “Facilitating the sale of regulated goods or services, or promoting regulated goods and services to inappropriate audiences, is not permitted.” I’m thinking of deleting my posts from there for now.

  6. LaVagabonde says:

    That’s why I never post anything from Youtube and a lot of other external websites. Very annoying.

  7. Running Elk says:

    Longevity is only really assured if it is an officlal channel. Any random Joe uploading copyright material usually gets pulled down eventually… Ironically, it is usually the random Joe version that is easy to find, if indeed, not the only copy available! :/

  8. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Wow. Why can’t things just be left alone? It seems these days no matter where one goes, there is always a problem. Take WP for instance …. No let’s NOT go there. LOL What a shame you had the difficulties you ran into, Van. Really!!! ❤

  9. I have seen this so much when I go to click on videos! xx

  10. George says:

    Copyright infringement. Why am I not surprised?.

  11. No. But I too feel violated!

  12. Norah says:

    That’s disappointing to no longer have access to the video you wanted, but I guess that’s what happens with anything on the web: he who giveth can taketh away.

  13. I’ve only used them comparatively recently. I have yet to learn about this.

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