Friday, November 22, 2019

The End of Modeling Videos on You Tube? by Kevin K

The back story all started when the FTC informed You Tube (YT)(Google) that they were in violation of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) by collecting data from kids (13 and under) and the algorithm directing ads at them.   You Tube remedy was to not allow kids under 13 from having a YT account. So what happened? They lied on the form and said they were over 13 and/or asked their parents can they watch videos through their accounts.

Children's advocacy groups felt the rules didn't go far enough and the FTC sued YT for $175 million!With that they created another rule putting all the liability on the video creators saying they need to mark their videos that are directed at children as such. when the creators do this they lose out on a percentage of the ad revenue, as well as other perks to grow the channel.

YT went through all the videos on the platform and marked the ones that were child directed or child attractive. But were very vague on what it all meant. When asked, YT told the creators to consult an attorney. But that's not the end, starting Jan. 2020, the FTC will go thru the videos. Some bureaucrat in DC will look for videos that have been mis-marked and can fine the creator up to $42,000 per video! 

The creator who's video I watched - Andy's Hobby HQ - says that the age analytics of his videos falls between the high teens and 65 years old... No kids.  It isn't the 60s were models were an interest of kids. But some pencil pusher in DC can look at one of his videos and think "Oh scale models... they're toys... toys for kids."  And hand down a the fine.  Andy says he has a few hundred model videos. That's a lot of $$. 

Even tho not all video creators are in the US, they must abide by these rules, and those that say no will simply get their channels turned off.  Many of the creators these days use making videos as their livelihood. Many creators are simply afraid and sadly willing to walk away from their channel  leaving us with any of the content we like to watch - model building and painting.

Now the FTC says it's will listen to the public, so we need people to sign the petition and write or email the FTC politely. There is a link below of talking points to be mentioned.

This is a list of sites to check out:
Write a comment to the FTC: https://bit.ly/31XAEXJ
Suggested Talking Points for Creators: https://bit.ly/31SwLmI
Suggested Talking Points for Viewers: https://bit.ly/2Wptf1U
Sign our Petition: http://chng.it/kLnwsSJzFv
This is great YouTube video explaining COPPA: https://youtu.be/1b9HGNHm-aQ

Friday, November 01, 2019

BULLETIN: November 2019

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

October meeting was another busy meeting. We had 26 members and 2 guests who brought in 13 models, most of which were pledges. 

October Meeting 

NOMINATIONS: President Tom Knoll and Vice-Prez Tom Govia are only one year into their terms. They aren’t getting away that easily! They won an unopposed election for a second year up front. Congrats guys! 

MODEL PLEDGES: Thirteen members had their pledges ready for display and discussion at the meeting. Everyone who came in with a completed pledge will have an additional FIVE tickets for the November Super Raffle! 

Holiday Luncheon: Here we go! The group agreed to return to:

Nora’s Park Bench CafĂ©
3019 Quentin Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Saturday, December 14, at noon.

We only have the place for two hours, so please be prompt!

Since the group agreed to do without the booze and shorter duration the price is substantially less. At this point we’re looking at $35 per person. We’ll be compiling a list during the NOVEMBER meeting.

DECEMBER THEME CONTEST: With the year speeding by we can look forward to the December theme contest: D-Day to Battle of the Bulge: The 75th Anniversary. Find contest details HERE. Sponsored by Tom Knoll and Bobby Pokorny. RAFFLE: We had another fun raffle last month. The only raffle in November will be the SUPER one!

On the agenda: NOVEMBER 

Contest Night – 4th Qtr 2019: This is the final installment of the quarterly BPMS Annual Contest so it is your last chance to try to rack up some votes for 2019. Pledge models are welcome as well as anything you haven’t already entered into a contest previously.  

Super Raffle: This is the reason why you must fill out your paperwork at each meeting. For every new model you brought in over the course of the year you get ONE SUPER RAFFLE TICKET. If you completed your pledge model you get an additional FIVE super raffle tickets. You cannot buy tickets for this raffle. You must earn them! The more you built the more tixx you get. We’ve been buying items for the Super Raffle all year, but if you would like to donate anything, feel free to do so! [Thanks in advance!] Who built the most in 2019? I’ll announce the name at the meeting.

Notice: the November meeting will NOT be held on the usual 3rd Friday!!!
Meeting Date:
Same Time,
Same Place!