Reinstate the YouTube account of PF9ThePikachuLover sign now

In early February 2009, the YouTube account of PF9ThePikachuLover was wrongfully taken down after a 4th copyright infringement complaint.

The video in question was the 1947 Looney Tunes cartoon Crowing Pains, whose copyright expired in 1975. Warner Bros., however, decided to disagree with this finding and abuse the DMCA. Warner has a recent history of eschewing talk of the public domain, including denial of expired copyrights, refusing to acknowledge character anniversaries, even preventing people from mentioning when cartoons and such first came out on DVD commentaries. They fear that public domain companies will not wait to put these cartoons on unauthorized DVDs. It is also possible that he was misinformed by a website he saw, which listed "Crowing Pains" under a list of PD Looney Tunes, thus, theoretically, giving him the go-ahead to upload the cartoon (and therefore, it should not be his fault).

In real life, the user has had a troubled life. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (a form of autism) at an early age. He has had behavior problems at times as a result. He has also changed schools a few times without him having much of a say. He also was hit very hard several times by news of several of his best friends moving and changing schools...after they had already moved. He never really got to know any of his grandparents. He has had to go through getting a laptop stolen - and another getting broken a few times. He has had plenty of fights with other people online (often resulting in a ended friendship). And more often than not, he has suffered from seeing many of his favorite sports teams (Cleveland Browns/Indians/Cavs, Ohio State Buckeyes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish) lose, while teams that he does not particularly like (Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, USC Trojans) were winning.

It is believed that shutting down his YouTube account has only exacerbated his troubles. After all, he is a good friend to many people, and never dared to upload anything racist, hateful, demeaning, threatening, or the like to YouTube, other than a simple video showing his disdain for another media company (the only words shown were: "f**k Viacom", while Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" played in the background).

With all these points stated, we feel that YouTube should restore the account of PF9ThePikachuLover. He is looking to reform himself in regards to what he uploads. Therefore, he should be given another chance - even if "Crowing Pains" is still removed upon reactivation. By giving him another chance, YouTube shows that they really care about people with disabilities that join the site. He means no harm or copyright infringement in any video he uploads. We really hope that YouTube will see the light and give him another chance.

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