What motivates small petty men is beyond me -- perhaps their inadequacies, but enough is enough.
The "Baron" (ahem) over at Gates of Vienna is spreading a vicious lie about me, when he knows in fact that it is not true.
Snake. He once has the audacity to call me a spy for Charles Johnson (yes, you read that right) in an email thread that included a great many of my colleagues. Why? No clue who he was covering for, but it showed him for what he was. I didn't post on it or discuss it subsequently, because it gives our enemies grist for the mill, and our group is too small as it is. But he has gone public with this latest gossipy lie, and I must address it. Attack me? Fine -- I am used to it. Attack my motives? That's a whole other story, Count Dracula.
One of the "Baron's" sub-bloggers, "Vlad," ripped off some videos of our FDI event. He didn't ask, but I never said a word. Vlad is always cribbing shiz. It's what he does. This time he ripped off someone else's stuff of my event.
The "Baron" (ahem) posts that:
The videos remained online until a few days ago, when someone — presumably the organizers of the event or the videographer — complained to Vimeo that their copyright on the Col. West videos had been violated. Vimeo responded by taking down Vlad’s entire channel — eliminating many other useful and important videos along with those of Col. West.
I am the organizer of the historic FDI event at CPAC. Spencer and I put that together on our own dime and took a great deal of heat for that conference. When Vlad ripped off all the videos from Pamela Hall and edited out my intro to Allen West, I said nothing. The videos were up for months and received hundreds of thousands of views -- I did write to Vlad and ask him to insert my and Spencer's names. I mean, really. Vlad wrote to a number of folks last night, and I responded plainly and matter-of-factly:
Vlad, I have always supported and promoted your work so your insults and innuendo are out of line. I have never denied anyone any access to my work. Ever. Professional courtesies should be extended. Work should be respected.I had nothing to do your removal and yet you will never link my or Robert's work again? That says a lot about you and the spirit to which you speak. What is your motivation jump to such an aggressive and belligerent act?You took Pamela Hall's work -- without permission. And might I add, we work like dogs. We have no crews, no funding, no pimply faced interns helping us. Pamela Hall is everywhere, she covers everything meticulously, small gatherings, large protests, left, right all of it. I see her everywhere. I have seen her put herself in harms way to get a story media wasn't covering. You have no right to talk to her like that.It is unreasonable that people who go out and do the grunt work, the hard work, expect to get credit and attribution for their work? That would be communism. I am an individualist and take great pride in my work. I have no problem sharing it as long as proper credit and attribution is made. That is how media works -- we are not reinventing the wheel here.You can paint it with any brush you like. You took her work. It ain't right. You owe her an apology. Period.You are in no position to declare that my "interests are not of the cause." You haven't a clue. But you putting up a video defaming me on youtube shows what your interests are. Good luck with that, V.The cause indeed.
The videos were Pamela Hall's (of the excellent blog, Vigilant Squirrel Brigade), and she reported copyright violation. Let me say, Hall is one of the hardest working bloggers I know. She covers everything -- rain, sleet, snow. She is an unsung hero of this movement. The video Vlad is crying about is up at Pamela Hall's channel. View it here.
She wrote to Vlad after he ripped off the vids, and was repeatedly ignored. The "Baron" (ahem) knows this. Vlad obviously showed him all of last night's emails as it was a fierce exchange an it prompted his fallacious post accusing. Pamela Hall responded to Vlad's attacks in the email to the group:
Yes, I want you to remove the edited version of my video that I did not give you permission to edit nor to re-post on your site. Why not do what everyone else does by respecting the copyright.
You link people to the site that owns the video. (And we get plenty of hits, thank you.)
If you really wanted people to see the video you would refer them to my channel
However, it would seem you care more about having my video appear to be your video (on your channel).
Try linking them to my channel. (That's proper form.)
Where they can also be linked to buy the DVD. (hello)
So when you remove it, by all means don't tell anyone that it was because of a copyright violation.
Or that someone else made the video and that it's posted on the channel that owns it.
And yes, re watermarking my videos, I have been advised to do this.
But, a watermark still doesn't mean you can edit and re-post another persons work.
The thing is -- there is no money in this biz. We work hard. Damn hard. Credit and attribution is the currency in which we trade. This smear campaign by carpetbaggers is rich. Really rich.
BTW, I understand that Hall never complained to Vimeo, just YouTube, so it must have been that a lot of other folks whom Vlad ripped off had complained, too. Getting a video taken down is one thing; getting your channel removed means you are a repeat offender (many complaints).
Pamela Hall wrote to Vlad:
You talk of your videos as though you would expect to get credit for them.
How would you feel if I took your videos, edited them and posted them on my site?
Possibly you would want credit for your work (as do I) and possibly you would want people linking to your site (not a site that took your video without permission).
Perhaps you are new to the video world and it's legal protocol, but now that you do know about copyright law, I hope you will respond appropriately.
That doesn't give you permission to re-post and edit my video.
Protocol ( and legally) you are required to link people to MY video.
Please remove the post you have on YouTube and , as you should have originally,
send them to our channel (or don't). But, the issue here has to do with copyright violation.
The only selfish act I am witness to at this point was you taking 'ownership' of my property.Vlad: "My assumption was that the brilliant and motivating speech that Col. West made, should be spread and seen as far and by as many as possible. As one version of that video has already
come close to 700,000 views, clearly many agree."
WHICH BY COPYRIGHT LAW was supposed to go to our site, not yours. All you had to do was recommend that people watch the video.Vlad: "However if it is preferred that I remove it from my youtube channel I will and will replace it with one explaining exactly why."
Be sure to explain on You Tube that it was copyright violation and that you didn't want to send people to watch the video, you wanted to take credit for it.
BTW: I had NOTHING to do with Vimeo.
Your complaints regarding VIMEO has nothing to do with me or YouTube.
All I saw in your email is that Vimeo says that you can't post video you
find on the web.
But Allen West was supportive and sent me this:
Howdy there Pamela, heard you gave an outstanding speech at the rally this weekend in New York. I had no idea what they were talking about and that is why I went directly to you. Wow, hard to believe that clip is over 700,000 hits. Just cannot thank you enough for giving me the platform to present my insights.Sincere regards, Allen
The video is up at Pamela Hall's channel. View it here.
Don't you love when low lives take the high ground?
And stop lying. Don't try to destroy people's reputations. Just do the work and build your own.
UPDATE: BUSTED! Costin forwarded this notice from VIMEO:
I got this a
few hours ago, and the Allen West video was deleted:
"Dear Patruped Bun:
This is to notify you that, as a result of a third-party notification by Pamela Hall claiming that the material is infringing, we have removed or disabled access to the material that appeared at http://www.vimeo.com/11159463.
If you believe that your material has been removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification, please provide VIMEO's Copyright Agent with a written counter-notification containing at least the following information (please confirm these requirements with your legal counsel or see Section 512(g)(3) of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512(g)(3), for more information)"
Why is this important? Because it shows Vlad and Count Dracula aka the 'baron" got a notice as to who filed the complaint.
Pamela Hall wrote this to me:
I had no knowledge or connection to VIMEO til yesterday.
I did file a complaint against ONE video (I was mad)....no one's account
And NOW, because Costin posted that VIMEO told them my name verifies that VLAD etc must be lying. Even though VLAD claims that VIMEO wouldn't tell him who file the complaint.
That has to be a LIE.
This is a good thing that Costin was sent my NAME identifying me as the party that
filed the complaint...yesterday. That means VLAD is lying.
And Vlad's LIE lets him play the victim so he can smear YOU (me...Robert)
UPDATE: Hall on the record -- how sillyand obviously diabolical the trolls look. They are counter jihad? I think not.