If you’re a reader of the Weekender, you saw the note that the Desu.Rabbits official YouTube channel got zapped the other day. Like, completely out of the blue. Bucho at the time sort of took the whole thing in stride and made a Trump joke, as seems to be the style these days, but there weren’t any real answers.
@PyramidHead128 had an interesting suggestion, which is that Bucho’s videos of his playing The Last of Us got dinged for copyright violations, and the whole channel was nuked by YouTube in response. This is apparently a thing. (Update) Peter via the fan club suggests that it’s because Bucho added Justin Bieber’s name to a video title, which could have been viewed as deliberately misleading (but, like, have you seen how a lot of YouTube videos are titled?).
There’s news(?!) now, and that’s that there is no news:
— DR(です。ラビッツ)Fan Club (@desu_rabbitsfan) February 7, 2017
That’s completely bizarre; I understand requiring takedown of content based on copyright claims or whatever (I’ve had my share), but to destroy an entire channel that’s chockablock full of the account owner’s own actual creative work? I don’t get it.
There are bigger implications here, too; basically, if YouTube can do that, what are the actual limits? And what counts as a copyright infringement or misleading? And at whose discretion are such calls made? Would the same rules have applied if, say, Kanye or Slipknot had been the “guilty” party? It matters to our idols, and, given how often some of us bootleg video from streaming services or live shows, it matters to us.
At any rate, Seby Saeki has what seems to be all of Desu.Rabbits’s important content backed up, so it still does exist on YouTube. And let’s hope that they’re able to regain control of their channel.