Ski jumping channels have a very short life as their films are taken down by TV stations. The reason is copyright infringement. And stations here, unfortunately, have every right to do so.
You may not know it, but when it comes to sports, I rarely watch football, volleyball, basketball or actually – any sport. However, there is one exception and it is ski jumping, which I try to follow as regularly as possible. And so for over 20 years, when I saw Martin Schmitt’s triumphs with my mother, and then, of course, Małysz. To this day, I even have a scarf from 2002. But today I would not like to talk about my attachment to this discipline, and more about what is happening in this regard in terms of new media. A very interesting thing is happening, though quite sad at the same time.
YouTube creators lose videos and sometimes entire channels through copyright
If we are talking about such a discipline as jumping, it is a sport in which it is quite difficult to present in the video material. It is enough to see that in the case of broadcasting from competitions, the way the camera is operated has not changed for decades. Why am I mentioning this? Well, because even with all the advancement of today’s technology, smartphones that have 10x optical zoom or super stabilization, the TV camera recordings are still the only ones where you can actually see what is happening with the competitor on the invasion, on take-off, in flight and after landing . So naturally, if we have Ski Jumping channels that tell the story of interesting competitions, athlete techniques, equipment or whatever in their videos, they practically have to use those videos to be able to show what they are talking about.
This is where the conflict of interest arises, because the TV stations clearly do not want their copyrights infringed and their material to be broadcast without their consent and profits. This leads to a situation where ski jumping channels are under constant fire from bots that take individual videos, and sometimes entire YouTube channels due to copyright infringement. This is what happened with most of the channels about jumping – Skijumping TV, Jumper TV or Pod Narty. In the case of the latter channel, on one of the Facebook groups, the owner shared a screen showing that his video was taken down due to copyright.
But … “TVN and the company” are unfortunately right in this dispute
I love watching jumping channels – the knowledge of the people behind them is phenomenal and their hard work in collecting and analyzing the facts is admirable. However, this does not change the fact that they use copyrighted materials in their films, so their work can stay on YouTube as long as it is not caught by a bot or an employee of the station. Unfortunately, it often ends up like the Pod Narty channel, where the entire channel with over 300 videos is no longer available on YouTube.
Unfortunately, the owner of the channel did not want to comment on this matter and it is no wonder, because he probably put a lot of time and effort into working on the channel. On the other hand – and this applies to all channels dedicated to jumping – there is no point in counting on the fact that in the name of “promoting discipline” or respecting work in building a community, large TV stations will turn a blind eye to infringement of copyright. First of all, because, for example, channels such as these are direct competition, for example, for the official profile of a given station on YouTube, which also uploads materials from the competition, also keeps lists, curiosities. So this is a similar situation to where a smaller tech portal would stick some Antiveb content to itself in the name of promoting a new technology or building a community – it just doesn’t work that way.
Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?
As I said before – I love jumping channels and I wish they could create without any obstacles, but unfortunately – it’s not possible. And it’s not that TV stations don’t know about the existence of the people running these channels. For example, one of my favorite creators, Filip Wiśniewski, visited the TVP studio during the competition, and the author of Jumper TV is Piotr Majchrzak, head of the premium video department at Sport.pl. None of them avoided the necessity to either remove their materials, or to remake them in such a way that they did not use the disputed clips (or did not use them at all). And unfortunately – it has to be admitted that without access to source materials, such films are much less informative and much less interesting, which may be the reason why many creators abandon the channels after some time.
Therefore, unfortunately, I do not see that the situation will change any drastically in the near future. Yes, there are videos from competitions, compilations, etc. in which the creators use various tricks – they cover the station’s logo, present mirror images or stretch the proportions so as to make it difficult for the algorithms to work, but this is not a solution, because if you want to build a community around a channel, sooner or later it will fall into eye of the stations with rights to the materials. Unfortunately, but I do not see any station wanting to “voluntarily” share the broadcast to which it acquired the rights with its competitors for free, so if you do not find a YouTube channel that will spend millions for the rights to recordings, I doubt that anything will be done. this matter has changed.
It’s a pity, but I can’t blame TVN and company for enforcing their property rights.
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