We used to do this - BengaBenga was particularly ruthless on this front - and I don't mind it as an idea. That's no excuse for headlines and articles perverting the dialogue, or people perpetuating ass-backwards sound bites (CARL).
Again: all for banning people who brag about their piracy. That's fine. But we should be clear and distinct that we're talking about copyright infringement and not theft.
Nice to see you have a normal Avatar back.
Anyway. If you mean me posting those 2 "videos". They're totally allowed. The companies responsible FOR the music have the power to take stuff off of Youtube. They choose not to. If a Music (Or game) company doesn't want them on Youtube, they get taken down. The same can't be said of Torrent sites or whatever people download from.
Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend is the most notable. It was the most watched video on Youtube, until Copyright was claimed or whatever happend. Companies have the power to get stuff removed from Youtube, IF they want to. Square Enix/Nintendo quite obviously don't want those pieces of music taken off Youtube.
One, I was referring to this "you should pay for it" thing, which is just a way to stifle dialogue and does not promote learning or thought in any way. You do a disservice to yourself and to the people around you by repeating that load of garbage over and over.
Second, you are wrong concerning the Youtube vids. Lack of action does not actually imply consent; it's still actionable and it's still copyright violation. Unless Nintendo or Square specifically release their music into the public domain, the existence of those songs on Youtube is still copyright infringement, and so is your hotlinking them on this forum. Congratulations, you fell ass backwards into a bubbling toilet of copyright infringement of a different color. Or, if you prefer, YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT, and even then you aren't allowed to post it on Youtube. That's how copyright works.
Thirdly, you're going to miss that picture of my wife when this avatar starts inevitably informing how I post.