Welcome to your SEC, where everything other than the air you breathe is monetized. And that which is not expressly permitted is forbidden:
… It seems that the 40 or so videos of old Bulldog games I had posted on YouTube over the last one-and-a-half years and embedded into my blog posts were committing copyright infringement. XOS Digital – a division of XOS Technologies, Inc., and the group behind the SEC Digital Network – has apparently been on a mission to rid the Internet of any video depicting members of the SEC. They finally caught up to me a few days ago, and in the process, got rid of every last one of my 40+ freakin’ videos that I spent hours cutting up and preparing!
Suddenly, without any sort of notification or warning of my wrong doing, my blog was temporarily removed, all of my videos were wiped out, and my YouTube account was suspended.
Look, I get the need for some of this. The conference doesn’t want entire games posted on YouTube when it derives some financial benefit from controlling distribution.
But Patrick Garbin is posting clips from games more than a decade ago on a fan blog. He’s not trying to generate commercial competition; he’s simply encouraging interest from a (relatively) small number of folks with a passion for a football program. Hell, if anything, should he manage to whet somebody’s appetite with a post, with a little effort, that’s something SEC Digital Networks ought to be able to make a buck off of, as Gawd and Mike Slive intended.
You’d think that fan interest is something precious and worth nurturing. But this is the SEC, which has a hard time seeing past anyone’s wallet now. I may be disappointed, but I can’t say I’m surprised.