Dude, that is lame! We should come up with an anti-campaign, like www.whatswrongwith-whatswrongwithchicago.com
I'm gonna add something like this after the YouTube link the original letter above:
Just because something is uploaded onto YouTube doesn't mean the video is in the public domain. YouTube's policy states, "YouTube respects the rights of copyright holders and publishers and requires all members to affirm that they hold the copyright or have permission for the content that they upload." This means that the owner of the video is still owns the copyright to the video even when it's on YouTube.
Now you have taken my video directly off YouTube and edited out my title sequence and took cropped out YouTube's logo.
Oh, and I'll add this too:
At the very least you could first email people asking for permission to put the video on your site. And if you use the excuse that someone sent in the video, well, do a simple search on YouTube and Google Video to see if the video is owned by someone else first.
i think they should pay you for your video
I agree with Lisa. They should be giving you money for this.
That should be focus of your email. Your email is too wishy-washy. The tone is weak. Q101 preys on the weak.
Here's what Q101 will get out of your email: "Well. he is telling us what we're doing is 'kinda crappy'. 'Kinda crappy' ain't bad. We can live with being kinda crappy. Plus this guy thinks it's kinda cool that we're using his video. He says that in his email. He must be ok with it. Let's delete this email. He's not serious."
Your email needs to sound more serious.
You should put some identification of you or your website in the video. For instance at the beginning you could scroll "www.spudart.org" across it.
That way you will get credit for the video no matter who steals it. Q101 couldn't claim not to know who shot the video that way.
"You Tube respects the rights of copyright holders and publishers and requires all members to affirm that they hold the copyright or have permission for the content that they upload." So I think that you have the right to sue on them.