Old Grandma Hardcore

This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her, just like she always has. These are her stories. She is absolutely real. She lives in Cleveland.

Friday, August 10, 2007

G4 Media Inc. Demands Removal of Our YouTube Video

Some of you may remember Grandma appearing on G4's Attack of the Show last August for a panel discussion on 'Women and Gaming'... We drove to studio here in Ohio from which Grandma could participate via satellite. During the taping, I sat in the control room with our little camcorder pointed at the screen (with the studio's permission, mind you) showing the feed from the camera that was being sent to LA, with the audio from Grandma's earpiece piped into a tiny speaker by the monitor. We couldn't see the show, only Grandma. Grandma was told by a producer of AOTS before the show started to speak up whenever she had something to say. Grandma tried the best she could. She didn't get too frustrated when it was clear the 'panel discussion' was merely going to be a tongue-in-cheek sort of thing, but it was obvious from our view that she was a bit disappointed.

The day after it aired we put up a post showing our video from the control room. Under our video we also included G4's own embedded flash video of that particular segment of the show so readers could compare and also see what it's like to be on the other end of a satellite feed. The G4 producer who contacted us initially saw the post, thanked Grandma for participating and that was the end of it. Amber and Seanbaby were actually very cool people, it was just a silly skit rather than a real discussion.

Our video, in the year it's been online, only got a little over 10,000 views total. To put that in perspective, Video 21, which we posted Wednesday, is already at 15,000. Nobody really seemed to care all that much about the AOTS fiasco.

Today, G4 Media Inc sent a third party copyright infringement notice to YouTube for the video I shot of Grandma sitting in the studio in Ohio. The video was subsequently deleted and we were given a warning that that ALL our videos may be removed if another video is flagged.

We don't have any hard feelings against YouTube for the video removal. It's more or less an automatic thing anymore. Hell, even the person at G4 who flagged our video might not have watched it, they simply saw the thumbnail of Grandma on a television screen with the video title "Old Grandma Hardcore on Attack of the Show" and thought to themselves 'SONOFABITCH! I got one!" ...and then pressed the 'report' button. Could have it been taken down because it portrayed AOTS and G4 in an unflattering way? I don't know. Maybe! But it's more likely that this is either a mistake or there is just some real fucking ball-buster content manager over at G4 Media that cracks a heavy whip to the backs of interns to meet their daily quota of YouTube, Break, and Metafilter infringement reporting.

Hell, they might even have a little corkboard with everybody's name on it with differently colored stars representing the number of videos deleted in a day. Now, I'm not saying that corkboard was stolen from an underfunded elementary school; the poverty stricken kids forced now to huddle around an ancient eMachines monitor displaying a poorly formatted spreadsheet of the class roster with cold, unfeeling numbers where their beautiful, shiny star stickers used to be.

I'm not saying it isn't possible, but it's highly unlikely.

Here's why: G4 Media Inc is located on W. Olympic Blvd. in West Los Angeles, right near the Santa Monica Freeway. The closest elementary school is The Park Century School, which is a private institution. A G4 Media Content Manager couldn't get passed the guard without some sort of identification as a parent, and it's even more unlikely they could make it out with a corkboard and shiny star stickers if they managed to bribe one of the kids with a classic and rare TechTV t-shirt from their secret Vault of Quality Programming into faking a family relationship, because the guards at an elementary school in West L.A. can see right through that shit.

It just wouldn't make any sense.

So it was probably just an innocent mistake!

Anyway, here's the segment as you would have seen it on television, provided by G4 on their very own nifty embedded player.

Our video, however, has been cast out into the ether; lost forever, only the remnants of its tiny zeros and ones remain in the form of a haunting thumbnail on our YouTube Channel.

That is, unless you click here and judge for yourself. That's right folks. Grandma is clearly an evil copyright infringer. She infringes constantly. Just look at her infringe. You might want to do it quickly before an intern goes for another coveted gold star.

Game on!


  • At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd like to contact G4 and complain of this, or would that be unwelcome to you?

  • At 1:58 AM, Blogger Dutch said…

    This shit pisses me off. You would think a network that is already hemorrhaging fans would support what little publicity they get. You are doing the right thing by uploading that video somewhere else. Don't let these legal douches run the show.

  • At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jesus. Fr..uity. Christ.

    I must admit I didn't watch the skit when it was put up at first, but now I'm annoyed on several levels on your behalf, both of the skit itself, and now this.

  • At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    shame your latest post had to be so negative, it's sad how you guys try to give quality entertainment and behind the scenes goodness and someone has to rain on your parade. oh well G4 sucks anyway and from watching it recently i'm having suspicions that have those fuckers don't even play games. oh well. game on

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Faithful 2 U said…

    Keep It Coming!!! Give Them Hell!!

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I wouldn't even worry about it anymore; G4's degraded to utter bullshit in the past few years. There isn't even any damn GAMING shows between the reruns of Fastlane. AND you have to add to that the fact that they might actually pay people to troll Youtube for them to quash any sort of "cpoyright infringement". Real gamers don't watch g4 anymore, and real MEN understand women and even old ladies can kick some hardcore gaming ass when given the chance. Keep the hardcore spirit granny!

  • At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Haha, the guy above has the exact same name as I do and I agree with him! lol. G4 has become REALLY BAD. Just look at the past E3 it cuts out RIGHT before the Halo 3 trailer and then it does the same thing with Mass Effect meanwhile you can hear some Adam screaming not to cut. It sounds pretty funny by what I heard on IGN (yes I pretty much copied that from IGN). By the way. I will start putting my sn on the PS3 because the guy above me has the same name, I guess it dosn't really matter though cause we have the same opinion.

  • At 8:51 PM, Blogger Sarah Miles said…

    G4 does fucking blow. I still like X-Play, but even that show has changed a bit. It makes me sad that they feel that hot babe hostesses are more important than solid gaming coverage. I miss playing "Hyperactive" during "X-Play" and "Unscrewed" with Martin Sargent. I need to stop or I'll just keep getting more and more pissed off.

  • At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My God - you think G4 would be DANCING from the publicity. That network must be hemorrhaging money - every time I glance at it, it seems like they're grabbing any cheap series they can to pad their airtime... they have COPS reruns going, for the love of God. Sweet Christmas Crap. ::shakes head::

    Anyhow - had to vent at that supertardedness. Very happy to see new videos and posts (and Grandma wearing the Obsidian shirt has made me beam with pride for days! There's a post on the forums, actually, noting it in particular and placing bets on which developer is related to her ::grin::), and many hugs to you all. Take care, be well, and GAME ON!


  • At 11:38 AM, Blogger Sean said…

    I certainly wouldn't expect any less from G4, both from the copyright freakout and from the purpose of the panel. It seems everything on there has to be some retarded little skit.

    May 28, 2004. Never forget.

    Keep rockin Grandma!

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Those G4 basterd's they rate cool games sucky.

    By the way a new channel on the wii called "Check Mii Out" coming tommarow or next week , put your OGHC Mii it'll be a hit.

  • At 11:24 PM, Blogger DrumInfected said…

    Pretty bogus, especially after all this time?

  • At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is complete crap. You showed nothing of the actual show. The only thing they can have a copyright on is the sound of the other people in the video. But that is not a good reason to bann it. There are alot of videos that use others audio tracks. And you did about the same citing for yours. People knew it was from G4 AOTS, cause you put that on the name of the vid. Some people don't even cite music they use in homade music videos. I don't see anything you did wrong. If what you did is wrong youtube could not thrie like it does. So if they can accept this video they shouldn't accept the peoples videos contaning music or anyother audio. Which is alot. Sorry this had to happen.

  • At 3:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i am a girl im 14 and i frickn play gears,saints nd rainbow six why the fck are they slaggin us!

    I would win agianst that gay anyday..x

  • At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi grandma. i can't belive those idiots at ATOS they should dissaponted because the was not evan that good. game on!

  • At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should consider getting an attorney. I know money's short for you folks, but it wouldn't surprise me if you could find one to take your case pro bono. As a law student who has studied copyrights, I'd say you'd have a pretty strong claim that, because you only posted your own video, you didn't infringe on anyone's copyrights in the first place.
    Note: I am not an attorney, and you should not consider this post, which is offered anonymously, as legal advice or establishing any kind of attorney-client relationship, and it is advised that you consult with your own attorney before taking any act which may affect your legal rights and obligations.

  • At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    At least I can now justify why I stopped watching that network other than the reason I was too busy to actually watch TV.


    Game on!

  • At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good God, I wish those bimbos would have shut up and let Grandma talk more. They are some of the main reasons that male gamers look down on us.

    I also agree that G4 sucks donkey hoof.

    Long Live Grandma!!!

  • At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ya know the only thing good that comes from g4 is ninja warior anyway...

    as far as infringment it's nice to see you take it so lightly...

    there is alot of people who think it amazing to be on the front page of their local news paper, let alone a nationally sindicated tv program...i was foutunate enough to have an apperence on letterman one and for some reason people still bring it up to me...i just think ya know what it's not like i changed the world so wwho cares.

  • At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just for that i going to record my TV with the G4 logo on the side just to pissed them off.

  • At 4:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Properly, that's gw2 goldfull screwing b . s .. I do not see just what the large banging deal is. All that you did has been file the Tv set. What is so bad about this? It isn't also as if your earning profits for that movie. As a result us don't likeDiablo 3 items G4 much much more.


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