After 11 million views, Lil Jon's record label decided to block my TDFWFail video on the TDFWFail channel I created. There are copies that were ripped and reposted by others that aren't blocked, which are now racking up views, so I've re-uploaded it here on my personal channel in hopes it will one again become the "original" version (and it won't be block it again). So please share this copy to support the original uploader.
On a side note, I think it's high time we have a discussion about what constitutes "art" in the digital age, who should be rewarded for it, and what rights they have to it. It took a creative vision to put these two unrelated samples of media together, and some level of skill to adjust the speed of the video to perfectly match the song build-up. Is this not the same as sampling music in rap & pop songs? Shouldn't it be treated that way? Because it's not treated anything like that. I didn't make a penny off this video, even after 11m views on my YouTube video, and several million more on other people's ripped copies. I have no rights to it – Lil Jon's label and Jukin Media (the boat crash video copyright owner) have made thousands of dollars (around $12,000 after YouTube's cut, according to estimates) off the millions of views I afforded them with my mash-up video; but they hold the keys and they can shut it down whenever they like. Lil Jon even tweeted his support of it. I'm happy I was able to make him a little more cash, but it would be nice if a little came my way for making something with his song that garnered all those views. I was fine just having this "claim to fame" but I do think it's unfair that creators who use any copyrighted work have no rights.
But Lil Jon's record label decided they didn't want my mash-up to play with their song anymore, so they killed it. Along with the video going black on YouTube, so did the thousands of comments it had racked up. But because I used copyrighted material, that's just how it works, and I have no rights. It would be one thing if they killed all the ripped clones of it, too, but they didn't – they blocked mine & a few others, but there are still copies out there.
Wouldn't it be fair to consider this a new piece of "art" and split the profits appropriately? My YouTube video gave WMG and Jukin Media 11 million views, which they monetized. It seems only fair that would be split 3 ways, with the creator of the mash-up getting an equal cut, at least (when it comes to sampling music, the creator of the new song gets the lion's share of the profits, and only a small cut goes to the originator of the sampled music). I'm not mad (other than the video getting blocked after 4 years); But I do think we need to rethink art and copyright rights in the age of digital media and mash-ups.