I know some of you use YouTube to share videos of your work, perhaps you’ll be interested in a real life situation that Artist, Paul Taggart finds himself in with YouTube and how piracy has turned his world upside down.
Paul Taggart has been an artist for 40 years, authored a number of art instruction books, has given countless workshops all over the world and who has generously shared over 260 art tutorials via YouTube, where he earned YouTube Partner status. I’ve watched Paul Taggart’s video’s for a number of years, they have been tremendously helpful tool in my development as an artist.
An artist friend of mine on PMP brought Paul’s situation to light, I hope that by publicizing his experiences here that perhaps some extra support may be raised for his cause. At the very least it will alert you all to how easily your videos can be stolen and how you may not be able to get them back.
Please have a look at these short videos by Paul in which he explains how his tutorial videos were pirated and then, due to a counter-claim of copyright by the thieves, YouTube has shut down his channel and all his great work has been lost.
If you share your work freely on the internet, here is another example of how a good thing can go bad. It’s something to keep in mind as you post . . .