Saturday, December 2, 2017

Another big win for the channel

A couple of months ago I wrote about a milestone I had achieved in a process with YouTube that got a little flag of what I simply called "trust" applied to my account.  That flag allowed me to proceed down a path that's very rarely opened to content creators as small and independent as me, and I'm happy to report that this week I have successfully reached the destination.

I have been granted use of the Content ID system, YouTube's semi-automated copyright protection framework.  The system is unfortunately much maligned due to a history of hyperactivity and abuse by improperly-trained and overly claim-happy administrators, but in the past year or so it received an important rework that has made it much more fair for everyone.  Besides, I have no intention to use this thing for evil.  I couldn't get away with it if I tried.  Remember, I'm the guy who got a what amounted to a cease & desist order from a LEGO IP agent for reviewing toys that were being sold... at LEGOLAND. 

What Content ID will do for the JANGBRiCKS channel is provide better protection from the vast re-upload industry; people around the world who blatantly copy entire channels worth of videos to try to skim off traffic and revenue from unsuspecting viewers.  Rather than relying on vigilant viewers reporting illegal copies of my work, and then having to use the slow and agonizingly repetitive manual copyright claim process, I will begin to see potential claims brought to me directly in the system, and I can act upon them with a few clicks.

Interestingly, Content ID is not fully automatic like I used to think.  Though I'm fully set up, I still have to manually activate it on a video by video basis, which means it'll be awhile before all of my existing content is protected.  I'm also going to take care to follow the terms of service and code of conduct in the most strict manner, which includes manually self-reporting any segments of videos that feature content that I did not fully create.  Mega Construx videos with little bits of video game footage, for example, need special treatment.  Older reviews with longer intros before narration begins require exclusions where I used licensed music versus tracks I produced myself.  I don't want anything to go sideways with this.

Though I have a lot of grunt work ahead of me, the most harrowing and uncertain part of the process, getting in the door, is behind.

LEGO Technic Racing Yacht 42074 review

I hoped this set would be good.  The main build is.  The second build makes it even better!

Full set of Mega Construx Destiny Series 1 individual figures reviewed

Mega's Destiny line has demonstrated, in my view, the pinnacle of their design and production capabilities since its inception.  That has certainly not changed with this latest lowest-cost product offering.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

LEGO City Mountain Arrest 60173 review

Black bear!  Beehive!  Double-face head!  Alright!  Net shooter, large heli with hardly any space, hrmm.  It's a fairly average set overall, but one thing that really hurts is the price.

Mega Construx Call of Duty Flamethrower Shock Troopers review

I'm happy to see Mega being able to take advantage of some of their WWII-themed molds actually during an era of a WWII themed Call of Duty game.  Beyond the marketing stuff, though, this is actually a rather excellent WWII miniatures set in general.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LEGO 2017 promotional Nutcracker 40254 review

One of the more visible, "present" holiday presents from LEGO in recent memory, this seasonal freebie even has a working action feature!  Well, sort of...

LEGO City 2018 Monster Truck 60180 review

Big truck!  At first glance I thought this thing was comically oversized, but in reality it has a standard sized cab plays (really) well with the modern standard size of City cars.

LEGO Technic WHACK! & BASH! pullback cars reviewed

Those names.  Oh, those names!  I don't even know what to say about that.  These are two good cars to play with, though a bit expensive for their size & complexity.

Mega Construx Halo Banished Banshee Brawl review

Color me happily surprised.  I am not a big Banshee fan and expected this to be just another fine representation of an unexciting piece of source material.  Well, I was wrong.  The main build is very good with 10 unique printed parts, the figures are unique & recognizable, and we get the brand new splaser with splaserbeam.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

LEGO City Dirt Road Pursuit 60172 review

Well hello, Mountain Police, nice to meet you, how do you do?  I see you forget the old adage, "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression."  Pity.