Title: ►i had a clean slate◄ (in bruges)
Vidder's Name: RHBR
Fandom: In Bruges
Artist: Andrew Cisneros
Warnings: Blood, Violence, Gore, Death, Suicide Ideation/Attempt, Strong Language
Summary: A tribute to Ray's considerable suffering over the course of the movie.
(Youtube Link) (At my LJ)
I'm noticing a disturbing trend now that I've been vidding more prolifically again, and not for my previous fandoms. (Sorry I haven't shared most of my new vids here yet).
There's a small group of people starting to vid a ship that I do. They steal clips (and edits!) straight from my vids and others.
This used to be a very big deal within the vidding community and the vidders doing this are all new and/or young. I'm thinking they just don't understand vidding ettiquette. In the past I was one of the few who didn't really "mind" clip theft because I often had higher quality clips before others did. Very rarely did I watermark and didn't mind people taking from me. But edits? That's a whole different story. That I mind.
When I catch them, I try to talk to them about clip theft and how it's frowned upon in the vidding community and offer to share my high quality raw clips with them so they don't have to steal anyone else's. (Cause they have HD clips mixed in with a bunch of low res clips taken from other vids). I offer them whole episodes, entire seasons. Plenty of clips.
But is this no longer true? Is it now socially acceptable to take clips (and edits!) from other vidders without even asking them or referencing the source material? This practice seems rampant today.
Am I being a bully because I want vids taken down that include edited clips from my own vids? I'm wondering this because these vids are "in direct competiton" with mine and if they comply there won't be many vids left on YouTube outside of my own for this ship. It would effectively "wipe out the competition."
Yet I want to encourage the vidders for this ship. I want to share the material I've captured with them so they can make good, high quality vids with it. I'd honestly like to see more vids out there about my ship, but seeing my edits in someone else's work just upsets me.
Am I the bad guy here for calling them on it? Has the vidding community changed its views on this matter? Should I just accept this clip theft and be happy there's more vids out there for my ship?