When I started up Hard Rock Hideout back in 2006, I started becoming interested in taking live video from the concerts I have attended. I never had the intentions of selling or trading any of the clips I have taken, nor have I tried to make any profit off of the clips. I would sometimes post the videos in concert reviews I have written, and let them stay posted over at Youtube where a whole new generation of rock fans could explore and check out the bands that I grew up with. I was hoping that some of the clips I took would help promote the bands that I continue to write about at HRH on a regular basis. Over the last year or so, I have gotten away from taking live clips, and have tried to focus more on the pictures. It just isn’t as much fun to attend a concert with your face behind a camera the whole time. As much as I love to promote the bands I enjoy, I like to enjoy their music and live performances just as much as you do.
Over the years, I have taken well over a hundred clips with videos from Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, Jackyl, Black Tide, Poison, Disturbed, Slipknot, Motley Crue & many more. Blabbermouth has used the videos I have taken in their news articles several times (Thank you!), and some artists have even included them in their news posts (i.e. Sebastian Bach). A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Youtube that they cancelled the Hard Rock Hideout youtube account. Why? Dokken claimed my videos were infringing upon them.
On one hand, I have to laugh at this. The only thing my videos showed was how bad Don Dokken looked, and how bad he was singing the last time I saw Dokken perform live (which was 2008 if I recall right ). On the other hand, I am more than a little pissed off about this. If Don had asked me to remove the clips, I would have gladly done so, instead he took a different path which helped my account get terminated. Did the video clips hurt Dokken in any way shape or form? Probably not. By having his clips removed, he helped kill hundreds of other videos which were promoting the bands I have seen live over the years. Some of my videos had rare performances, band lineups that are no longer intact (some members now deceased), and lots of other cool moments. Many of my videos have had thousands of views, and had so much traffic that Youtube themselves were trying to get me to sign up for advertising where they could put an overlay ad over the top of my video. I never allowed ads to be overlaid on my clips. I was not trying to profit off of them.
Sure, I didn’t have permission to capture dear old uncle Don performing live. So that is my own fault in that regard. In one fell swoop, Don Dokken killed all of my live clips which will not be seen online again. Whether I had his permission or not, in my opinion Don Dokken did more to hurt the live music scene than he did to help it.
What is your take on live amateur video clips? Like them or hate them? Tell me why!