The NoRights Podcast: S6E3 – YouTube

  • On January 22, 2020 ·
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This week Ben walks us through his thoughts on posting to YouTube in 2020. This includes a rundown on the various issues the site has had since it’s founding. As an animator he remembers the Reply Girl situation of 2012 that resulted in a change in the algorithm to favor watch time, as Ross O’Donovan, AKA RubberNinja explains in his 2014 video:

Other animators weighed in at the time to this video, some sharing their opinions in part 3 of Josiah Brooks, AKA Jazza’s documentary The RISE of INDEPENDENT ANIMATION:

In late 2016 there was the Adpocalypse where advertisers pulled away once they realized their ads were appearing before offensive content and YouTube sloppily demonetized channels trying to win them back. Hank Green of vlogbrothers explains it and shares insight into dealing with it:

ElsaGate followed, where it was revealed weird videos were being suggested to children featuring Disney characters like Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman from Marvel, and repetitive songs.

A community of creepy people time stamping seemingly innocent videos of children and similar incidents raised concerns.

2018 saw changes to the Partnership Program, adding requirements for who is eligible for monetization based on channel stats.

Ben would like to take this opportunity to commend Channel Frederator Network and how well they treated their members, particularly the smaller channels who stood to lose their membership in the fallout of these changes.

Then, at the end of 2019, YouTube announced they would be rolling out new rules to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in the new year. This was in response to them having to pay $170,000,000 to the FTC to settle previous violations and to protect themselves moving forward. Videos were to be labeled “for children” or “not for children” and creators could face fines of $42,530 per infraction. Explanations of what made content “for children” or “not for children” were purposely vague, resulting in wild speculation and false information. Roberto Blake and lawyer Ian Corzine explain how both YouTube and the FTC handled the situation and how it could have been done better:

Hearing people from the FTC compare it to shooting fish in a barrel, where content creators are the fish and YouTube is the barrel, does not exactly instill confidence.

Lastly, Ben discusses other posting platforms, like heir to Vine’s looping throne TikTok, and IGTV which started supporting horizontal videos and recently removed the button nobody was using.

Here’s to experimenting, making mistakes, and breaking things in 2020.

The NoRights Podcast: S6E2 – Artist Websites

  • On January 15, 2020 ·
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This week Ben tells us about a recent mentorship chat with Stephen Silver, moving this blog site from a self-install of WordPress to managed DreamPress, and reminisces about the wild wild west that was the Internet of yesteryear. When Flash cartoons reigned on places like Newgrounds, Homestar Runner, and Joe Cartoon. Things were interesting and things were broken back then. For more check out Why the ‘Weird Internet’ of the GeoCities Era Had to Die. He laments the current state of the web which is dominated by aggregators instead of platforms, places that limit a creator’s reach to their audience unless they’re willing to pay, and continue to let false information fly under the guise of free speech.

All this leads to Ben describing his plans for a site that brings back the fun of the more experimental ‘net with modern tools of today.

The NoRights Podcast: S6E1 – Where Have You Been?

  • On January 8, 2020 ·
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After an extended absence, Ben returns to the podcast mic to tell us where he’s been and what he’s been up to.

But what of Frank and Ian? They’re still hanging out every Friday on their own show, The Talk of Nerds and Tech. Sometimes Ben even makes an appearance!

We hope you enjoy this return to the solo format and continue listening in the weeks ahead as Ben walks us through his new projects for 2020!

The NoRights Podcast: S5E25 – End Season 5

  • On July 1, 2016 ·
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This week Ian and Ben are joined by Frank and Doug to say goodbye to the podcast as we know it. Well, sort of. The hangout show’s migrating to a new YouTube channel while Ben reboots the NoRights Podcast as something else. But not before Ian can bring us today’s headlines.

Valve Faces Lawsuit Over Video Game Gambling

Work Up a Sweat with Holofit VR Fitness

AMD FireRender for Autodesk 3ds Max

Paragon Developer SUES Cheater

An Autonomous Car Might Decide You Should Die

Ben then asks everybody their thoughts on the Brexit news and recommends viewers check out the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver video on it.

Then he brings a few headlines of his own.

Clip Studio Paint on sale for $20. (Expired)

WeDrawComics – tell stories together

Toonator is online cartoon editing tool.

Genndy Tartakovsky Isn’t Done With ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ Will Direct Third Film in Franchise

CN Collective Offers Artsy Character Goods

Cartoon Network Has Figured Out How To Make Money From Fan Art: The Cartoon Network Collective

Finally, everybody hunkers down for some Bleach trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

Don’t forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here:

Stay tuned for future announcements on the reboot of the podcast and the new home for the hangout show!

The NoRights Podcast: S5E24 – Magic Dragons

  • On June 20, 2016 ·
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This week Ian and Ben are joined by Frank. They play catchup discussing what everybody’s been up to. Then Ian brings us today’s headlines.

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion, Reasserting Its Muscle

This 43-inch Dell monitor is actually four monitors in one

Oklahoma’s use of card readers to freeze, seize funds comes under fire

It’ll be very hard for terrorism victim’s family to win lawsuit against Twitter

DMCA wins big in record label lawsuit against Vimeo

Frank shares a link showing art for Disney’s Frozen, asking why it wasn’t a 2D film.

Ben brings a few news stories as well.

Annecy Festival Screens World Premiere of New Disney Short ‘Inner Workings’

Henson Appoints New Licensing Partners for 30th Anniversary of ‘Labyrinth’

Elie Dekel Tapped to Guide ‘MST3K’ Licensing Worldwide

When VFX Artists Get Their Hands on Donald Trump, Magic Happens

Peter Lord and David Sproxton Reflect On The 40th Anniversary of Aardman

Warner Animation Sets ‘Smallfoot’ for Spring 2018

‘Pete’s Dragon’ Trailer Is a Modern Flight of Fancy

Frank shares Piff the Magic Dragon.

Finally, everybody hunkers down for some science and Isaac Asimov trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

Don’t forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here:

The NoRights Podcast: S5E23 – Deep Fried Water

  • On June 13, 2016 ·
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This week Ian and Ben are joined by Frank. The boys play catch up, Frank bragging about his recent purchase of a 12 pack of Surge and two cases of Ecto Cooler. Then Ian brings us today’s headlines.

How much do ISPs hate competition? They’ll sue the FCC to prevent it

With Tango, Google is now equipped to map the entire world — inside and out

A Dude Figured Out How to Deep-Fry Water and Now Humanity Is Doomed

Man who built gun drone, flamethrower drone argues FAA can’t regulate him

Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

Paying homage to a beloved movie by selling thousands of tickets for a weekend-long, city-wide re-creation takes military precision and logistical expertise. But David Blanchard has never done anything like this before.

Lebowski Fest

Then Ben drops some headlines of his own.

Tesla Knows When a Crash Is Your Fault, and Other Carmakers Soon Will, Too

SIGGRAPH 2016 Launches ‘Summer of VR’

Patrick Osborne Lends His Talents to New VR Experience ‘Pearl’

Rooster Teeth Fest Celebrates Web Animation

Early CGI Facial Animation (1974)

Animation Jams Begin on JUNE 13!

Finally, everybody hunkers down for some culinary trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out! Don’t forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here:

The NoRights Podcast: S5E22 – Quickdraw Lockdown 2016

  • On June 6, 2016 ·
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This week Ben returns to join Ian and Frank to tell us about his trip to Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He also links us to his entry for the Animation Lockdown 2016, Bottled Spirits.

Ian brings us today’s headlines.

L.A. Studio Cosmic Toast Shut Down Without Paying Its Artists: A Cartoon Brew Investigation

GTA Online Needs to ‘Rest’, Says Take-Two CEO

WordPress plugin with 10,000+ installations being exploited in the wild

AMD Radeon RX 480 revealed: Polaris debuts in a £160/$200 card designed for VR

Will Vivendi Acquire Ubisoft And Gameloft?

Ben also drops a few interesting links for us.

Netflix Announces New Henson Series with Julie Andrews

Experience the sci-fi future of 3D bioprinting with artist Floris Kaayk’s The Modular Project

Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes; parents hope for surgery

Frankie Manning’s 102nd birthday

Lotte Reiniger’s 117th birthday

Finally, everybody hunkers down for some awkward trivia as the site normally used changes the way they display untimed challenges. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

Don’t forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here:

The NoRights Podcast: S5E21 – Fair Use

  • On June 3, 2016 ·
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This week Ian and Frank are joined by Nate for a few moments. After catching up Ian brings us today’s headlines.

YouTube’s Copyright Robots Help Sony Shake Down Bluegrass Educators

Popular YouTubers H3H3 Productions Prepare To Defend Fair Use in Lawsuit

Amazon won’t sell you GTA V or FIFA 16 unless you pay for Amazon Prime

Smart TV hackers are filming people having sex on their sofas and putting it on porn sites

An artist is prototyping a hand grown out of human stem cells

McDonald’s ex-CEO: $15/hr minimum wage will unleash the robot rebellion

Finally, Frank and Ian hunker down for some trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

Dont’ forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here:

The NoRights Podcast: S5E20 – Goodbye, Alan Young

  • On June 2, 2016 ·
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Ben’s doing some traveling but manages to join Ian and Frank for awhile on this episode. After a little catching up, Ian brings us the news.

Only 2-Way SLI Setups Officially Supported By Nvidia GTX 10 Series

Vulkan now official, with 1.0 API release and AMD driver

Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrades are getting even more sneaky-pushy

Dronebuster will let you point and shoot command hacks at pesky drones

Uber to begin testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

Before he heads off for dinner, Ben tells us Google plans to start blocking Flash in Chrome this year. Frank informs us of the passing of Alan Young, known by many for his role as Wilbur in Mr. Ed, to cinephiles for his role in The Time Machine, and of course for his role as the voice of Scrooge McDuck. He will be missed.

Finally, Ian and Frank hunker down for some trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

Don’t forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here:

The NoRights Podcast: S5E19 – Voltron

  • On May 16, 2016 ·
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This week Ian and Ben are joined by Frank, Doug, and Nate. Doug announces he’s starting a new job. Everybody gives their opinions on the new Voltron reboot.

But first Ian brings us today’s headlines.

Amazon Offers Animators A New Way to Make Money from Online Video


Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

Brazen Kickstarter scammer promised a $100 3D printer, built a house with funds

Judge: Star Trek fanfic creators must face CBS, Paramount copyright lawsuit

Disney Infinity shuts down as Disney drops out of game publishing

Then Ben shares some headlines of his own.

How to Film a Movie on Your iPhone

LG Action Cam lets you live stream to YouTube without a phone

Press Amazon’s IRL Button to Call a Cab, Brew Coffee, or Whatever

Nickelodeon’s Animation Podcast Series Is Here!

Bill Plympton’s Debuts His New Feature Mockumentary “Hitler’s Folly”

TRAILER: Dreamworks’ “Voltron Legendary Defender”

Cloud-Based Animation Platform Artella is Now Live!

Fusion Compositing Software Is Now Free And Available On Macs

The Foundry Releases Free Version of Mari Texture-Painting Software

Finally, everybody hunkers down for some Aquaman, Superman, and Batman trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

Don’t forget you can check out the video version of this podcast here: