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The videos found on my YouTube site, allyballybabe, are of various songs signed in American Sign Language. The YouTube is used for educational purposes all over the world, as well as a bridge between the Deaf and Hearing worlds. Because Deaf people cannot hear music, I sign the song in American Sign Language (ASL) so that they can understand the lyrics. I do not transform the message, I just use ASL to communicate the lyrics. I am not making any money off of this procedure. I believe that it is every person's right to experience the emotions and meaning of different songs, and what other way is there to do that, but convey the lyrics in a beautiful, lyrical language as ASL. In each video, I give copyright credit to each artist and blatantly state that I do not take credit for anything. I am merely allowing the Deaf community to have equal experiences as the rest of us. I believe it is important that we remember that everyone in America has equal opportunity, however, how can equal opportunity be given when there is no resource for Deaf people to go to? Signing these songs in ASL helps me in my educational career, as well as students in classes that are learning ASL. I am signing these songs to help the Deaf community become connected with the music world. Since they cannot hear, I use ASL to convey the meaning of the song so Deaf people can understand it. It is also used for my practice, as I am minoring in Interpreting and majoring in Deaf Education. Signing this song also allows sign language teachers over the nation to use the songs in their classes for educational purposes, and therefore introducing the song to students. Many of my viewers have expressed that they have never heard the song before, and they love it, so they went and bought the CD, or downloaded the song from iTunes. Signing videos in ASL can only help the music industry to allow the Deaf community to have an equal love of music (and lyrics) as the hearing community. I also write in each video that I am not claiming the content, and I'm not making any money off of it. Due to these educational uses and furthering the market for the music industry, I feel that my videos should not be removed. Many teachers and students have sent me messages begging me not to remove my videos, because they want to use them in their schools to introduce music to Deaf students, and/or they are Deaf themselves and have never found an appreciation of music, until they saw the lyrics signed in their own language and with meaning and emotion. Songs are much more than just music and lyrics, the emotion and meaning behind each song is critical in understanding, and with ASL being used as expressively conveying the lyrics and meaning, a wider audience is able to be reached, thus benefiting the artist and their music, not me.

It is my plea that I ask that my YouTube account not be deleted, as many of my viewers have found inspiration, and identity through my videos. It is also my plea that WMG (Warner Music Group) will allow me to sign these songs continuously, to benefit them and their artists, and allow people worldwide to experience the beauty and passion of American Sign Language.

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  • 11 February 20161000. Joseph K
    I support this petition
  • 02 February 2016999. Crystal D
    Allyballybabe deserves to post her videos. She does not claim to own anything. She is not making a profit and is simply signing songs for the deaf/hard-of-hearing community and for those of the hearing community who enjoy her elegant signing to further th
  • 28 January 2016998. Dale S
    I am not deaf, but I truly enjoy allys videos. She is an inspiration to many, and should be praised by youtube, wmg and the artists of the songs that she signs. Not punished. I personally went out and purchased several CD's after watching her. Alan Jackso
  • 28 January 2016997. Kristina P
    I appreciate all the work that allyballybabe has put into bringing these lyrics to the Deaf world. She is an exceptional signer and has beautiful dynamics. How is her signing any different from someone else doing a dance vidoe and using the same music? No
  • 26 January 2016996. Katie W
    Allyballybabe is an inspiration in many ways..don't let that die!
  • 17 January 2016995. Alanna C
    I support this petition
  • 16 January 2016994. Allie S
    These videos are extremely educational and helpful for learning ASL.
  • 14 January 2016993. Patricia K
    Excellant for ASL learners, Deaf and hearing. I confirm credit is given to every artist ,etc., on each video.
  • 12 January 2016992. Danica Walters
    I'm very upset that WMG is causing Ally trouble. What she is doing is amazing. I am a sign language interpreting major and anything that I can show my friends and family to educate them about ASL is a godsend. The sign language interpretations that she do
  • 12 January 2016991. Christine F
    I support this petition
  • 11 January 2016990. Emily M
    WMG copyrighting is annoying I posted a video and it was muted, I put a link to the real video on there and my friend heard the music, the next day, she bought it on iTunes.
  • 10 January 2016989. Adriana Kennedy
    As a Deaf Studies/American Sign Language major, Ally's videos have helped me to further my ASL vocabulary as well as learn different techniques of interpreting music. I have many Deaf friends who play music loudly so that they can feel the vibrations. Bec
  • 08 January 2016988. Reina R
    I support this petition
  • 08 January 2016987. Tara S
    it's not fair to deaf people! we are equal just like hearing people. Keep ASL videos in YouTube for other deaf viewers!!
  • 07 January 2016986. Alicia Campos
    I'm a college student and I used allyballybabe's videos to make others awear if sign language. There is nothing wrong with the videos. They are fun, informative, and educational!
  • 07 January 2016985. Brittany L
    I support this petition
  • 07 January 2016984. Kathryn H
    I support this petition
  • 06 January 2016983. Tashina Barker
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016982. Justin Hull
    I dont believe that WMG is looking at it the same way we are. The fanvids we make are for entertainment and educational purposes. We are promoting their music; not stealing it.
  • 04 January 2016981. Jo Annm
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016980. Michael Griffith
    I made one too but I'll go ahead and sign this one anyway.
  • 30 December 2015979. Kristy H
    Please let Ally continue to offer her tribute to the deaf! By taking these videos off this site, or not allowing this lady to simply let everyone hear the music is just crazy. She is in no way taking credit for the songs or lyrics. This is a service that
  • 30 December 2015978. Ryan D
    from a legal point of view takeing these vidios down is borderline discrimination against people with disabilities
  • 29 December 2015977. Samantha Gray
    Everyone deserves equal opportunities! Ally is only helping the Deaf Community enjoy songs just like hearing people. She also allows ASL users to learn more. Please allow her to keep her videos.
  • 29 December 2015976. William B
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015975. Carol C
    Please allow these songs to stay on YouTube. They are greatly helping the hearing impared in learning ASL
  • 27 December 2015974. Julianne A
    I am currently a student learning ASL. My sign language classes have begun studying the history, rather than the language. Being able to see these videos is highly educational for me and is renewing my love for the language and the people who speak it.

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Antonia QuinnBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
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YouTube & WMG

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