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Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:53 am
by vb99
Does anyone know what has happened to the Speaking Our Language programs on Youtube? All of them seem to have been removed with the Youtube "taken down for copyright violations" notice in place. I think the user account name was Macsteaphain or Leodhasach. These are a great resource for learners. I can't imagine why Youtube objects to them (given how old they are!).
Thank you.
vb99

Here are a couple of paths that no longer work for me (and lead to the youtube notice):
(Program 36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhyHNKF1Vvw
(Program 37) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1pOH92e87s

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:19 am
by GunChleoc
You can get them on https://learngaelic.scot/sol/

The YouTube version probably fell victim to some automated algorithm.

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:34 pm
by vb99
Thank you. The Learngaelic site is very helpful because it includes the Gaelic and English text shown for the video clips that it has. I did enjoy having the entire 25 minute programs available on youtube though! I might have to locate and purchase the DVDs now! :)

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:58 pm
by Níall Beag
vb99 wrote:Source of the post Does anyone know what has happened to the Speaking Our Language programs on Youtube? All of them seem to have been removed with the Youtube "taken down for copyright violations" notice in place. I think the user account name was Macsteaphain or Leodhasach. These are a great resource for learners. I can't imagine why Youtube objects to them (given how old they are!).

Given that copyright subsists for 70 years after the death of all the key talent involved (writers, directors etc) they really aren't that old. If YouTube has taken them down, it's because they were requested to do so by someone with an actual claim on the copyright. Speaking Our Language can still be bought on DVD, so the presence of the episodes on YouTube diverts money from Cànan, Comhairle nan Leabhraichean etc. LearnGaelic has licensed the material (possibly as part of their purchase of the STV/Grampian Gaelic TV archive), but whoever uploaded them to YouTube hadn't, hence the takedown.

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:32 pm
by Níall Beag
I've had a wee ask around and no-one seems to know who put in the copyright claim. However, it's the channel that's been taken down, not the specific videos. Most likely the problem wasn't Speaking Our Language, but something else. What was on the channel other than SOL?

I understand Bannan was, and it has an international distributor (although I've never heard of anyone showing it in another country) -- they could have submitted a copyright complaint.
If there were kids' cartoons, they're all redubs of big international (mostly US) products, and ripe for automatic discovery.
If there were documentaries, many of BBC Alba's documentaries are foreign productions with Gaelic narration, and again perfect targets for copyright protection algorithms to pick up on.

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:16 am
by vb99
No doubt you are right about the copyright issue. I think recent Bannan episodes were posted - which might have caused the problem. I had been watching Machair and Speaking Our Language - and I think all those episodes were posted. It was a great resource for learners without access to BBC options (iplayer won't play in the US). I have the SOL DVDs - but the files take up a lot of space on an old computer, so it was really nice to have easy access on youtube to any episode.

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:48 am
by ~Sìle~
vb99 wrote:I had been watching Machair and Speaking Our Language - and ... it was really nice to have easy access on youtube to any episode.


All the episodes of "Speaking Our Language" are still on YouTube, but on other accounts. As for Machair, and Bannan, as yet I have not seen any updated links for these programmes, other than folk asking for people to DM them for the links, as they have uploaded them to private accounts.

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:53 pm
by Mairead
It could also be because "Speaking Our Language" is available on the BBC iPlayer, and the BBC can be quite picky about letting programmes be available to those who don't pay the TV license fee.