Banned From YouTube: Parody Guitar Videos | Underwire | Wired.com
Earlier this week, YouTube pulled the plug on funnyman and media artist Santeri Ojala, whose hilarious and popular “shredding” videos poke fun at the world’s great guitar players.
YouTube said it received three complaints of copyright infringement and automatically suspended Ojala’s account.
YouTube has a standing policy to suspend accounts after three complaints from copyright holders, whether the complaints are valid or not. YouTube declined to say who filed the complaints, but it was likely the guitar gods themselves — or their representatives.
Ojala, who overdubs rock concert footage with his own bad guitar playing, says he has no plans to fight YouTube’s decision, which would likely require him to hire a lawyer and file suit against the company.
Stephen and I shared a lot of laughs over those videos. They were so funny and well done. Sad to see them go. Hm, wonder which rockstar objected to them…