This happened a few months ago, but I’m just now getting around to complaining about it. You’ll notice my Wonka’s Downfall video now has advertising on it. Not by any choice of mine! Mainly because it would be illegal, to be honest. But whatever, I made a thing and I’d rather have people see it than get money from it, it was not a profit-making project. A few weeks later I got a message from YouTube that Warner Brothers had filed some sort of claim to it, since they own the rights to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and there was now advertising running on it and they would get the profits (joke’s on them, only 100 views! :P ).
This is intensely irritating to me. The visual part of this is just as important as the audio (probably moreso), but do any of the production companies responsible for Downfall get any share of the profits? I strongly suspect they do not. And why is that? Probably because none of them have the power to make legal threats like Time Warner does. But, I guess, that’s nothing new. >< Just needed to vent a bit.