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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:01 am 
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YouTube cancels billions of video views after finding they had been 'faked' - but were hackers working for the music industry?

Major record labels stripped of more than two billion video views
Biggest hit taken by Universal, which alone lost more than one billion
'This was an enforcement of our viewcount policy,' says YouTube


The world's biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged 'fake viewers'.

Universal, home of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, lost a total of one billion views in the video site’s biggest ever crackdown on artificially inflated figures.

Sony was second hardest hit, with the label behind such stars as Alicia Keys, Rita Ora and Labrinth losing more than 850million views in a single day.

The dramatic cuts came as YouTube conducted a crackdown on fake views, but music industry sources have blamed it on housekeeping related to the migration of their videos across different channels.

The unprecedented move left Universal with just five videos on the site - none of which were music - and Sony with just three.

'This was not a bug or a security breach. This was an enforcement of our viewcount policy,' YouTube announced.

It marks a huge commercial blow to all the artists involved as YouTube is now the web's most important outlet for music videos

Over four billion hours of video are watched by over 800million unique visitors to the site each month.

The dramatic falls, highlighted by figures compiled by YouTube statistics analysts at SocialBlade, came after YouTube conducted an audit of its viewing figures aimed at combating 'black hat' view count-building techniques.

That is the term used when hackers artificially build up the numbers of views or likes on a YouTube video - enabling them to make clips appear far more popular than they really are and increase their exposure on the site.

The number of views attracted on YouTube are these days regarded as an unofficial worldwide popular music chart, so once it became clear that hits had been inflated, fingers immediately pointed at the record industry.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:30 am 
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http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/what-really-happened-to-sony-and-universal-1008059892.story

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In a strategic move, Universal, Sony and EMI in 2009 jointly put their music videos in the VEVO basket with the belief that by aggregating the videos, they could command better advertising rates as well as grow viewership.

That meant high-profile videos that once lived separately on the Universal and Sony YouTube channels have been relocated to Vevo. As a result, the views that those videos received during their time on the dedicated label channels were taken away in YouTube's latest "clean up" effort.

In other words, those views happened; they weren't "faked" or even double counted when they went on to Vevo. But because the videos are no longer on the channel, YouTube considers them "dead videos." They still live on in YouTube, just under a different channel.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:16 am 
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meanwhile, across the world: nobody gives a fuck.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:51 am 
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Jimi Changa wrote:
meanwhile, across the world: nobody gives a fuck.


good point.


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shits easy to hack. its also a huge underground biz. fuck a trade, get a ticket in CIS. work for a cartel


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:58 pm 
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90% of canadian artist's are doing this lol. how you think whack rappers loll king roti, peter jackson etc get views obviously fake.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:26 pm 
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I've always preached about payola and the factors involved with dozens of artists who are being heard. More then half of the artists through Concan have also used payola tactics which is the main reason when the radio stations like 935 fm changed and fired numerous employees from the even the Program directors (where some now have moved over too G987 fm) shows from the oversight of just noticing the those same rappers & singers from 2005 - 2009 who were in heavy rotation are nowhere to be heard or found now playing on flow 935.

Yes, some will say that its become commercial music has taken a large fall since 2009 which is true in many ways but overall money has ALWAYS run the cut. Just as multiple artist's who apply for those Factor loans are co-existing with Major records like Universal Records Canada using the same Factor money for their own artists (They believe in that OPM saying of 'Other People's Money' rule.. and that pot is running lower then ever now when the lack of Cd sales have taken a all time high).

The truth is really for the morons who never want to believe the truth that Payola has always run the music industry and in today's time it is predominate now even more because the supply and demand factors has gone from too much supply with no demand (To much artists and no one cares to hear or buy music anymore).

Fake views on multi-media websites from myspace, youtube etc. have and will always exists and those who have any sense will be able to determine who is legit on achieving the factorial plays and views.


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