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Vox Media targets YouTuber that parodied The Verge's terrible PC build video

By Shawn Knight · 32 replies
Feb 14, 2019
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  1. The Verge, one of the larger technology news sites on the Internet, published a video last September detailing how to build a $2,000 custom gaming PC. While the production value was decent, the overall feel of the tutorial was cringe-worthy and much of the information presented was flat out wrong or misleading.

    Predictably, it went viral and the Internet jumped all over it. As Wccftech recounts, memes quickly sprang to life and several YouTubers criticized the clip. This prompted parent company Vox Media to delete the video and now, they’re apparently going after some of the YouTubers.

    Kyle from Bitwit recently shared on Twitter that Vox Media filed a copyright complaint against his parody of The Verge’s video, titled, “Lyle reacts to The Verge’s PC build video.” According to the accompanying screenshot, YouTube also levied a copyright strike against his channel.

    Kyle issues a warning to fellow YouTubers that similar sanctions may be heading their way.

    As Wccftech correctly alludes to, Vox Media’s best course of action would have been to simply leave well enough alone. They already deleted the video and it’s been five months; lots of people had no doubt forgotten about the fiasco. Now, by picking fights with a YouTuber and requesting an old video be deleted, they’re essentially enacting the Streisand effect.

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  2. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 690   +945

    I learned a lot about building computers from that video, don't knock it

    JamesSWD, Darth Shiv, veLa and 15 others like this.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,131   +1,551

    For some reason I found that hilarious.
    Clamyboy74, Polycount and xxLCxx like this.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,754   +1,148

    I never heard of it and now I want to watch it, captain we need you once more!
    Clamyboy74, Polycount and xxLCxx like this.
  5. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 221   +141

    The Verge does advertisement. If you expect journalism, that's definitely the wrong site. Try to criticize them and your post will get deleted (with you being banned).

    Thanks to the expert for pointing out the mistakes. I had to laugh most at the knife-driver and the cooling paste. That was flat out hilarious!
  6. lexster

    lexster TS Booster Posts: 120   +71

    This is little more than vindictive, lowlife BS. The Verge is a crap-show.

    There is another video about this incident.

    Kyle and others have contested the strikes and Youtube has restored the video's. Vox Media/The Verge has been issued warnings by Youtube about making claims without merit or credibility. I suspect legal action will be incoming.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
  7. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Guru Posts: 271   +255

    I saw the video. I cringed as well. They deserved all the flack for it.
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 826   +437

    They can't go after Lyle. He's awesome.
    Every PC channel tore into that video and rightly so. It was complete garbage. But very entertaining garbage for anyone who knows anything about building a PC. It's well worth a watch if you can find it.
    Peter Farkas and xxLCxx like this.
  9. JakeAndrew77

    JakeAndrew77 TS Rookie

    The video was a face/palm. And yes he was right to point out the tremendous amounts of failure in it. For Vox to get it's panties in a wad isn't surprising in the least. What do you expect from a mediocre, liberal flag bearer media company. Their motto is: "If we don't like what you say, you are wrong, and we will take legal action."
  10. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,783   +3,167

    Vox is targeting multiple YouTubers. ReviewTechUSA also received a strike.

    Just goes to show you how much the scales are tipped in favor of copyright holders.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,754   +1,148

    I'm not sure if you were trying to be funny here or not, anyhow lol.
  12. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 550   +451

    That verge video should have been titled "Apple store genius tries to build a pc". Seriously though, that vid could have cost some poor system building noob some valuable hardware and put them off building for life.
  13. syrious01

    syrious01 TS Rookie Posts: 23   +18

    seriously, I am glad the original video was taken down. Someone might have actually followed that guys advice and caught their house on fire from putting the PSU in without any exhaust.
  14. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +295

    That is just so cringe worthy.
  15. Faizal

    Faizal TS Rookie

    What case is that... ?
  16. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Booster Posts: 99   +80

    Screw them. Unsubscribed from Vox, Verge, Verge Science and Polygon YouTube channels. Won't be visiting their websites either.

    As much as I enjoy their content (usually), I can't support this kind of abuse of power and censorship.
  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,680   +417

    Short out the PSU by installing it the wrong way round.... lol
    Unconnected anti static band.... lol (saying that I've built my own PCs for over 20 years and never worn one, and never damaged components, that I know of :p Just always earth myself before working on the innards of a machine)
    Yeah, it looks like a pretty bad PC building guide.
    mcborge, xxLCxx and hahahanoobs like this.
  18. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 711   +337

    Bro, there is so much paste on your cpu that you will have to use "tweezers" in addition to screws to hold cpu fan firmly.
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  19. Bullwinkle M

    Bullwinkle M TS Booster Posts: 105   +48

    Jay only see's one piece of the crime puzzle (DMCA) and it's not just a Youtube problem

    You need to look at the entire structure to see what's going on

    I cannot tell you how to defeat DRM because that would be a crime, even though MALWARE is now simply called DRM to get it protected by LAW and prevent you from removing it!

    Closed Source:
    Can you prove these are backdoors if you don't have the source code?
    (Yes Microsoft, I CAN!)

    You cannot fix your own computer if the Company making the O.S. prevents you from doing so by using Closed Source even though the Company in question refuses to fix your computer, keeping you on the never ending treadmill to financial ruin with constant.........downgrades? (please don't call them upgrades)

    Extortion Blackmail in Licensing Agreements:
    Do you REALLY choose of your own accord to accept Spyware in your O.S. ?
    Or is it that > The only way you can use your software investment is by agreeing to something you really do not agree to

    Do you REALLY choose of your own accord to grant the O.S. manufacturer access to everything you have for any reason they choose, and any way they can monetize it with no benefit to you?

    Do you REALLY choose of your own accord to make the Companies causing you all this grief NOT LIABLE for ANY of the damages they cause you?

    Lock In:
    Do you choose of your own accord to be locked into software as a service that you no longer have control over?
    Or was it simply designed as a never ending cash streaming extortion service from the beginning?
    These pieces of this Criminal Enterprise are held together by Attorney's, Judges and other Criminals in the Federal Government

    You will not find factual evidence "For or Against" anything I have just described (anywhere on the Internet) by those directly involved in these crimes!

    You WILL find bogus information or no information at all from the parties involved

    Please fact check my statements above!
    and when you do, please include the source code to the proprietary products in question
    Because if you cannot prove that the Company in question is the actual owner of every line of Source code, then it is not proprietary and it's License is Null and Void!
    (You cannot legally License that which you do not own and we cannot legally enter into a license that is not verifiable by all parties to said license)

    Bullwinkle J Moose

    © Copyright 2019
    All Rights Reserved!
    Bullwinkle J Moose
    Frostbite Falls, MN
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
    lexster likes this.
  20. Badvok

    Badvok TS Maniac Posts: 281   +137

    Reminds me of another site not too far from here ;)
    xxLCxx likes this.
  21. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 826   +437

    On a related note, does anyone in YouTube have a functioning brain? VoxMedia go to YT complaining of copyright violation - YT takes the video down. Youtubers go to YT to contest the strike - YT restores the video. Are the folks at YouTube capable of making an informed decision on their own or do they just sit around waiting for people to tell them what to do?
  22. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 221   +141

    This is the way of making money - without employing "too many" people. Most of that is (semi-)automated. Hence, they don't even bother about right or wrong. The only thing that's bothering them is: "How much will this cost us?" How much will this cost, if the claim is right and we get sued vs. how much does it cost us to block that? ;-)
  23. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka TS Booster Posts: 107

    The videos were restored because Vox retracted their copyright claim at the request of The Verge's EIC, not because YouTubers challenged them.

    More info here: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/15/18226105/a-note-about-youtube-copyright-strikes-from-vox-media
  24. Joshua Sleeper

    Joshua Sleeper TS Rookie

    Oh huh, look at that. Ad blocker just magically got enabled for Verge again. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    xxLCxx likes this.
  25. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,691   +2,064

    Confirmation that that "I'll sue you" threat knows no political boundaries.

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