Many Wonderful Greetings to my family and friends around our world ...
In June 2012, my YouTube channel was shut down. I appealed the action. Google staff investigated and determined that I had not violated any conditions. I was never given any information regarding the matter and those actions were never justified. Five months have passed and my YouTube channel has suffered the same fate a second time. Again, I made an appeal to Google. And, again, all I can do is to wait and see if my channel reappears.
Regardless of whether my channel is definitely lost or reactivated, it is with great sadness to announce that my journey on YouTube has come to a close. With this second round of disappointment, I’m not willing to put myself through the lurking uncertainty that another round, and another round, and potentially countless more rounds of doom await me. I was willing to take a second chance, but … how does the saying go? “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”And twice is all it will be. I’m mostly saddened by the fact that YouTube/Google terminated my channel twice without justifying their actions.
I can only speculate as to why my channel was shut down. My troubles did begin soon after I started developing and uploading studio quality recordings. Prior to June 2012, I was a guy singing in his family room, in front of a video camera. And now, I’m enjoying and gaining knowledge in sound engineering and producing studio quality music. Unfortunately, I may have unknowingly violated copyright laws with my recordings. But, with all due respect, I did everything I could to give credit where credit was due. I have certainly learned a great deal from all of my experiences producing videos for YouTube. In the last thirty-four months, I became a better performer and singer. I also had the chance to flex my writing skills. I made many friends around the world. And, that is what I will miss most dearly for my weekly efforts. The videos and blogs will remain dedicated memoirs for my children, but I never imagined that people from around the world would also cherish what I had been doing all this time.
I will miss the personal messages from my YouTube friends who let me know that I had positively affected their lives. Some enjoyed my Sunday morning post with a good cup of joe. Some felt that I was the highlight of their week. Some felt we were kindred spirits. Some even made videos using the covers I had produced and those videos may very well be the last remnants of my efforts on YouTube. Some felt that my blogs were even more valuable than my covers. In every case, my YouTube friends added fuel to the fire that inspired me every week. And, I’m sad that I am now letting them down. But, I haven’t lost hope. I will Always have Hope. I’m searching for a new approach with less of a “Big Brother” power behind it.
I do have this website: http://lazarolivingdream.com. It’s not the perfect vehicle for my vision, but I’m moving forward and beginning with my website. I’m currently on hold and sitting tight regarding my musings and my videos. If my channel does reappear, I’ll post one last video. My last video will be a vlog announcing my departure from posting any further videos on YouTube for the reasons I mentioned earlier. I will add by expressing that too much heartache is at stake for me. I dedicate myself to everything I do with clear determination. I’m angry and I’m sad that my efforts on YouTube instantaneously disappeared as if I had done nothing at all … TWICE. It may be egotistic, but I know that people all around our world found value in what I had done. I will certainly find another way to reach out and hopefully build upon what I’ve learned. So, for the time being, this e-mail will mark a pause in my blogs and my video productions until I have news to share.
I want to thank everyone who enjoyed my weekly post and the following cover is the video that may have done me in. LOL … Sigh … I did post my cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” on November 18, 2012 and it lasted for one day before my channel was shut down … how ironic for this particular cover. Anyway, I was just picking up steam with my musings when someone pushed the pause button. C’est la vie. Here it is …
8/9/2014 02:31:35 pm
Erwin, this is Bob Musicmanbuttemt on YouTube. I took the time to visit your website and I have seen your blog. I am sorry to hear that they shut down your YouTube channel they have been doing this to a lot of people. One of the things that I found out is if you create your own music to someone else's song that is not causing any copyright violation. I spoke to a man at A.S.C.A.P and he informed me that if you create your own music the only thing that you have to buy is called a mechanical license. You may also have to contact the publisher of the song to get a synchronization license to be able to legally post your Videos On YouTube I am not sure how much a synch license is, but, youtube will not be able to pull your videos down because you have the proper permission to post them. If you would like to still post videos to youtube it would be worth the effort to do the research.. What I did was bought a copy of "Band in a Box" the everything pack, and what I can do with this program is create my own backgrounds or hire another "Band in a Box" pro to do it for you. I know of one person that charges $25.00 to do a band in a box background that I can then record in my studio for either personal use or posting them to youtube. I was going to go the same rout that you where with karaoke backgrounds then I kind of chickened out because of fear of my channel getting shut down. Most of the stuff that I have done to this point has been original but earlier on, I did post a Michael w, Smith song and the video got muted, so I thought that it would be best to take it down and find another way of doing things. Now, the music don't sound exactly as the other artist did it, because it is your rendition of the song and there is nothing that they can do about it if you have the synch license, and the mechanical license. If you obtain a mechanical license you can sell x amount of your renditions of the songs. If the song does good, you just re-purchase the license to sell 500, 1000, 2,000 copies of the song's that way you are street legal with selling renditions of your own versions of other peoples song's. Another thing that you can do is hire out a studio to put in as many identifying instruments of the song along with your band in a box version of the song; Just have the studio mix them together for as full of a representation of the song that you would like. Then use "Band in a box" to record and mix your vocal. One you have the final product you can put it on a single CD, use a CD player to play the song while you sing it with your final version of the song, edit the video in movie maker, mute the video track of you singing, and synch it up with the finished track of your video. Now, you can either do this yourself or farm it out to an online worker that will do it for very cheap. I don't know what you do for a living, but if you can afford it you can do it this way without having to worry about YouTube Pulling your videos again. Now, here is the address and number for a guy that I got in Mesa Arizona that will create backgrounds for you in "Band in a Box" he will do a BIAB version if you have the program or I am pretty sure that he will create an mp3 track finished in BIAB, now, I am not sure if he charges more for this or just the $25.00 you will have to ask him. I will also give you his phone number. His name is "Robert Tripp" he is a very nice an knowledgeable person. Here is his contact information.
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