It is against federal law to steal TonyBrownsJournal.com videos. Unbiased Black History, Dr. Chancellor Williams Interviews On TonyBrownsJournal.com. Do you think the Black pirates who steal the products of my Black-owned company care about other Black people? Black thieves share the same human nature with all thieves. They share a selfish nature. My website (TonyBrownsJournal.com) has grown to roughly 100,000 members and is dedicated to the gathering and preservation of legitimate Black history that can be used to inspire future generations of Blacks who are under constant assault by history lessons that make them question their own personal worth as human beings.
As a Black entrepreneur, I have to overcome the economic and devastating impact of residual overt slavery, still suffer and endure the psychological impact of self-hatred that can only be repelled by a pride in ancestry that comes from the knowledge of the contributions of Black ancestry to humanity.Do you think the Black pirates who steal the products of my Black-owned company care about other Black people? Black thieves share the same human nature with all thieves. They share a selfish nature. My website (TonyBrownsJournal.com) has grown to roughly 100,000 members and is dedicated to the gathering and preservation of legitimate Black history that can be used to inspire future generations of Blacks who are under constant assault by history lessons that make them question their own personal worth as human beings.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." I'm going to prove that old saw true once again, although this time it comes at great expense – literally, millions of dollars, perhaps – to me. I paid for TonyBrownsJournal.com with my savings after tax deductions. This use of my savings is now in jeopardy because internet thieves would rather steal than work.
YOUTUBE GROUNDS FOR PROSECUTION
"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Tony Brown Productions, Inc." That is the YouTube notice that went up on more than 30 of its channel sites where Tony Brown's Journal (TBJ) videos were being pirated by a variety of people who are now being investigated for copyright infringement under Section 512 (c)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a federal law.
In order to place a video on YouTube, you must swear that you either "created" it or you have the permission of the copyright holder to use it on a YouTube channel. Therefore, anyone who answered those questions affirmatively to YouTube regarding any Tony Brown’s Journal (www.TonyBrownsJournal.com) program lied to YouTube and they violated not only YouTube's rules, but a federal law.
YouTube states: "Posting copyright-infringing content on YouTube can lead to the removal of your videos and possibly monetary damages if a copyright owner decides to take legal action (this is serious – you can get sued!). Repeat infringers' accounts are terminated. These users are permanently prohibited from using YouTube." YouTube also says that: "If you are not selling the video for money – it may still be copyright infringement."
In one week alone, my lawyers uncovered an estimated half a million acts of copyright infringement of Tony Brown Productions, Inc.'s videos on YouTube. One pirated Tony Brown's Journal video on one channel alone has drawn over 50,000 "views" and another has used more than 20 Tony Brown's Journal videos to attract over 150,000 "views" to another piracy storefront.
That is tantamount to putting a gun to my head, the copyright holder, a million times and stealing my wallet – which includes my image, my identity, my investment of time and money. My life's work of 40 years, the Tony Brown's Journal television series, was described by one archivist as a standard of value: "the most complete and thoughtful record of African-American opinion."
Obviously, it seems that an army of copyright pirates agree. What they thought was a something-for-nothing scheme that has turned into a legal and criminal nightmare for them because YouTube states that it "requires all users to confirm they own the copyright or have permission from the copyright holder to upload content." Thus, any video on YouTube with Tony Brown's Journal content has been placed there under false claim and subject to the federal copyright infringement law under Section 512 (c)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
I keep a list of these pirates of my property for potential future legal prosecution.