And I suppose I am, but here's the deal:
I've been subscribed to a guy on YouTube for several years now. Many of his videos are of a personal nature. He discusses his feelings about himself and his issues with various things in his life.
I recently went looking for one of his videos so I could watch it again, only to discover that he'd taken the original down. What the reason for this is, I have no idea and it is well within his right.
However, I did another search for the video on the off chance he may have re-uploaded it, only to find that another user had posted his video in order to share it with others.
While I appreciated the opportunity to see the video again, I felt it was only right that the original poster of the video be notified that someone else had posted one of his personal videos, even if it was coming from a good place. So I left a comment on the video asking the guy who had re-uploaded it if he had the original poster's permission. I then proceeded to leave a comment for the original poster of the video letting him know who the other user was and that his video had been re-uploaded by him and asking if the guy had permission from him.
Apparently, no permission was had, because the guy left me a reply sarcastically thanking me for "being a little snitch" to the original guy.
Anyway, my question is, did I do the right thing or not? The guy meant no harm in sharing the video, and I knew that, but I felt it was not right to share it without the owner's permission.
It bothers me being called a snitch, but I felt like I was doing the right thing at the time.
It was somewhat reminiscent of plagiarism in my mind, though the guy never claimed to be the one in the video.
So, I don't know. What's the etiquette for that sort of thing?
I left a comment for the guy apologizing and explaining why I did what I did. I let him know that I didn't bear him any ill will.
He deleted the video after he replied to my first comment. I didn't ask him to take it down. I just asked him to check with the original poster to see if having it up was okay with him.
I feel mixed emotions about this, but it is really bugging me, so I thought I might write about it here and get some other opinions on the matter. I never meant any harm or bad feeling to stem from it, but apparently it has anyway, and that upsets me a lot.
Did I do a good thing, or was I making a big deal out of nothing?
Any thoughts on this? Please share.