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Message from the LOTS Video Team

June 7, 2010

The team that put together the International Seeker Fan Video has posted this message in the LOTS.org forum. I am reposting it here.

Message From the LOTSvideo Team
We here on the LOTSvideo team wanted to let all of you know how much we appreciate the enthusiastic praise that you have given our “Psst…Save Our Seeker…Pass It On” video. When we started the project, our team thought it was a cute idea, but we didn’t know if the final project would be successful. Boy, were we in for a wonderfully pleasant surprise. We have been blown away by your love for the video. At the time this letter was written there were 9,722 views in three days! That’s incredible!

We must thank each fan who participated. You all did a wonderful job, and it truly does look like the sign is being passed from person to person. So, virtual high five to all you guys. We must also pay immense respect to Aleyna Dennis for allowing us to use her “Hey There Seeker” song. It was the perfect accompaniment and she deserves a round of applause for her work.

Now that the video is up, there is much that we can do with it. Be sure to subscribe to the LOTSvideo channel. The more subscribers we have, the bigger our Youtube presence and the more likely we are to be featured on the Youtube home page. Help us raise the view count, leave comments, Like it, Favorite it, and vote for it on http://tweeter.faxo.com/Top_YouTube_Video/2010/06. Also, send a nicely worded letter to the editors of Youtube asking them to feature the video (editor@youtube.com). However, we ask that you do not repost the video on your own Youtube channel. We need to consolidate all views of the video to a single channel to help it rise through the rankings and gain outside exposure.

What else can you do to help with getting exposure to the video? Post the video to your Facebook page. Show it to friends or family member who may not know about Legend of the Seeker. Include the link in your letters to ABC and other networks. Send the link to local and national morning news shows. Send the link to talk shows, like Ellen or Regis and Kelly. Send the link to websites that feature viral videos, like Attack of the Show. And Twitter Twitter Twitter.

Because of your responses and comments, the LOTSvideo team has been busy brainstorming about our next steps. And we have many ideas we’d love to see put into action. In fact, we’d like to become the home of fan collaboration videos for the LOTS fandom, with the Pass It On movement as our flagship enterprise. We have gotten many comments from people wishing they could have participated in the Pass It On video themselves. We’ve gotten so many actually, that we’ve decide to Keep Submission Open for Pass It On video segments. As we get enough responses to fill the four minute Hey There Seeker song (which is about 16), we’ll post a response video with the new segments. We’ve already gotten one, so keep them coming. You will need to follow the guidelines in the original submission thread, which means you will need access to a printer.

This being our first attempt at a collaboration video, we learned many things. One thing we learned was that if your video becomes popular on Youtube, we will be invited to put advertisements on the video page and any time a viewer clicks the advertisement from your video, the channel will earn 0.01 cents. That doesn’t seem like much, but it is a potential fundraising avenue that doesn’t rely on donations. There is a BIG however though. The Pass It On and Markers videos are ineligible because there can be absolutely NO copyrighted material in the video. So no images, no non-original music, no clips from the show. Since even the name “Legend of the Seeker” is copyrighted, it would be difficult to create a fan video that doesn’t break this rule. Therefore! The LOTSvideo team has decided to make a video blog to keep you posted on our future projects. If we keep copyrighted material out of them (which means we’d have to be a little cryptic), we’d be able to add the advertisements to those videos, and use them to raise money. Which is yet another reason to subscribe to the channel!

We have two new projects in mind right now. We are ironing out the details of the next collaboration video and will hopefully have the information for it up within the next couple weeks. In the mean time, help us pimp out the Pass It On and Markers videos, send us your own Pass It On segment, and post a reply to this thread with any future collaboration ideas you may have!

Thank You!
The LOTSvideo Team

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4 comments

  1. You might want to let the organizers know that someone on Youtube named kyrastargatesg1 has already sniped the video and reposted it.


    • I know that people are concerned about this but to be honest, policing videos in a fan community is an impossible task. We’re already reusing corporate pictures and videos — so how would it look if we start chasing each other down for copying fan videos trying to save the show?

      I fully grok that the team wants a high view count — I support that goal. But this is a two-edged sword that I think fandom has to live with.

      When you upload content to the Internet, someone may very well take it and use it in a way you don’t intend. I’ll invest some effort in protecting my intellectual property rights but I’m leery of trying to enforce pseudo-IPR especially for a campaign that is trying to increase visibility.

      The team is asking people NOT to replicate the video. That message, perhaps, can be made to anyone who uploads a copy but I think that is the extent of appropriate response.

      This is just my opinion and may not reflect what other people in the fan community feel.


  2. I absolutely loved the video and shall add my own pass it on video to the cause. Also I absolutely can’t wait until thursday when the season two finale gets aired on British television for the first time! It is going to be amazing and I can’t wait!! 🙂


  3. For the record, I did pass on the notice about someone else uploading the video. The LOTS Video team has modified their text on the YouTube page to ask people not to reupload the video to their own channels.

    That will probably be all they do for now unless this becomes a real problem.

    The team is trying to get the video into featured status. That’s why they want to increase the official video’s view count.



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