David Di Franco
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A Sincere Apology

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This past week has been one of the most stressful weeks of my YouTube career. I did something stupid and now I am paying the price. In case you haven’t been following the situation, a few YouTubers uploaded video responses to my video, 5 Reasons Console Gaming is Better than PC Gaming. I expected to cause a bit of friendly controversy, as these topics typically do, but I didn’t expect things to blow up to this extent. And you know what? It’s all my fault.

About a week ago, I came across the video responses — first from “FritangaPlays” and eventually others. Now I admit, sometimes I can take things too personally. It has always been a fault of mine. I tend to read into things a bit too much, which can result in taking unnecessary action. And that’s exactly what I did. Rather than talking it out or simply ignoring the situation, I made the decision to falsely report these video responses for copyright infringement.

This decision was not only done based on my emotions, but also the fact that these creators uploaded my original video without my permission. You would think that’s the correct way of handling things, but that is not how Fair Use works. As long as the creator uses another creator’s content in a transformative nature, then it can be considered fair game. I failed to realize this, hence my inexcusable actions.

In an attempt to resolve the situation, I made a video updating everyone on what’s been happening. The video has since been unlisted, but it can still be seen here. I’ve decided to no longer make the video public because it is not an accurate representation of the message I wanted to convey. Admittedly, this video was a sad attempt in damage control. When I originally recorded the video, I went in blindly. I had no video notes to reference and no real thought process. Needless to say, it was a mess. It only made the situation worse. And here we are, on my personal blog. I think better when I write.

I am here today to admit my mistake. I abused YouTube’s copyright system in a way that is unacceptable. I let my emotions get the best of me. My actions have upset many individuals, and rightfully so. My sad excuse of an “apology” video made it seem like I was playing victim. That was not my intention. In reality, I have only victimized myself. I would like to sincerely apologize to those creators I have affected. Your copyright strikes have since been removed.

While I have done a great deal of damage to my brand, I am looking at this situation as a lesson learned. I screwed up, big time. It may take a while to earn back the trust from many viewers who were once supporters of mine, but I am up for the challenge. As with many things in life, this is simply a roadblock that I will be avoiding in the future. Next time a situation like this comes up, I will think it through clearly and with a more mature mentality.

I have been a YouTuber for nearly 13 years. There’s no excuse to do what I did, which is why I will be using this situation as a form of motivation to better myself as a person and as a creator. This will not be happening again.

I’m sorry.