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…By listening to true metal!

This is real. I’m not kidding.

By now, you should know about the YouTube Copyright Wars. If you don’t, here’s the deal: Warner Music Group, not just one record label, but a whole alliance of them, is going berserk over copyright claims. If your video has music from them, it’s going to be flagged and removed sooner or later. Some people have suggested ideas like switching to a different site (like what?), using Creative Commons-licensed music, or firebombing the WMG headquarters. Here’s an idea: Use music that WMG doesn’t own.

Wait, WMG doesn’t own all the music in the world after all?

No, they don’t. Quite a few lesser-known record labels are outside WMG’s grasp. These labels, interestingly enough, include Century Media, Nuclear Blast, and Spinefarm- the Big 3 of Extreme Metal. Listenable Records is also okay, as far as I can tell. Sadly for you metalcore kiddies, Roadrunner Records is owned by WMG, and Metal Blade uses them for distribution. That means no Trivium, Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, pre-Rest Inside The Flames 36 Crazyfists, Unearth or Job For A Cowboy for you. You can find a list of the labels WMG owns here: if your favorite label shows up there, don’t make a YouTube video with background music anytime soon. (Also casualties of this battle are Opeth- Ghost Reveries and later- and Amon Amarth. Both will be missed, especially the latter.)

So what does that leave? Here’s a short list of bands that should get past the screening:

*huge breath*

Children of Bodom, In Flames, Soilwork, Mors Principium Est, Kalmah, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, At The Gates, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum, Iced Earth, Nevermore, Dimmu Borgir, Firewind, Dark Tranquillity, The Agonist, Scar Symmetry (with exceptions), Cryptopsy, Nightrage, Nightwish (with exceptions), Behemoth, Strapping Young Lad, Arch Enemy, Norther, Bloodbath, Hyocrisy, Shadows Fall (with exceptions), Keep of Kalessin, and Wintersun.

“With exceptions” means that some of their material is off-limits. These albums, to be specific:

  • Scar Symmetry – Symmetrical In Design (Metal Blade)
  • Shadows Fall – Threads of Life (Roadrunner)
  • Nightwish – Once, Dark Passion Play (jointly Nuclear Blast, Roadrunner, Drakkar)

Haha, no more “The Poet And The Pendulum” AMVs. 😉

Still, that leaves a fair amount. I got away with posting a video of Tremulous, an open-source game (CC = no copyright claims) soundtracked by Soilwork’s song “Exile”, from “Sworn to a Great Divide” by Nuclear Blast. It’s still up.

Now go out there and stick it to the man!

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Music: Mors Principium Est – It Is Done

The scum of the earth starts to fade…

We have won, you are gone

And now, you will pay the price

If you haven’t managed to see Encyclopedia Dramatica yet, don’t bother clicking that link. You won’t miss all that much. If you must know, it was a horribly filler-heavy mishmash of memes, online personalities that nobody in their right mind cares about (or even has heard of), and shock images (anything from hentai to furry porn to goatse), all loosely assembled in the style of Wikipedia- in other words, an Uncyclopedia clone catering to 14-year-old nerds. But what it is now is a page asking people to donate money for them. Their ads (and they used to have lots of them) aren’t cranking out as much revenue as they used to, and Wikia refused- a smart choice probably based on the site’s contents- to sponsor them. So now they’re closing down. Plus, most of the donations went to buying stuff for the site admins instead of doing anything useful.

But don’t worry, /b/tards, all hope is not gone! Just cross ED off of your daily routine and put Uncyclopedia there instead! Sure, it’s not quite as fappable as ED is, and uses most memes less than nine thousand times, but think about what you have to gain! A sense of humor! Through that, wittiness! Through that, respectability! Think about it, girls might even want to- God forbid- talk to you!

Oh, right. Sorry, I forgot what happens to you if you get within 100 feet of someone of the opposite sex that isn’t your mom. Never mind, just sit there crying. Don’t think about your suffering, think about what the rest of the Internet is gaining- just like that, the Internet has become funnier.

Today, I got bored. Really bored. Surprising, given all that’s going on in my life this week, what with all the preparation I’m doing for the final exams. Even idiotic IP edits on Uncyclopedia have slowed to a crawl- imagine. I don’t have my guitar yet, so I can’t shred, and nobody’s on Tremulous. The resident nutjobs at #uncyclopedia on freenode, however, managed to somehow steer me over to the dark side of the Internet, where the angst of a million whiny emos manifests itself as words- blogging. And now, as a final weapon against the impending boredom, I present…

My blog.

What were you expecting? Seriously. Still, how’s that for an introduction?