On a day in November, or perhaps it was December, but no later than probably January 17th, 2005, I call and get connected through to Chad Hurley. Unfortunately, no phone records are provided by Cingular/AT&T, so I'm left with some questions as to the exact date.
MadMerv.com - if you wander through the archive of it linked above - evolved as my personal journal or diary as a graffiti artist and general prankster ("Since 1997") .. it is related to many of the sites it linked to, including Hactivist.com, CarbonDefense.org, the Institute for Applied Autonomy ("IAA"), etc. I was an artist in transition . . . trying to figure out a way to start my dream website, YouTube.
Keep in mind there are thousands of independent musicians who have been wronged by companies since the 90s; companies want to control your creativity, and YouTube, unfortunately, is no different. The litigation against, [see legal commentary] and then Vivendi Universal's purchase of, subsequent sale to CNet, and then dismantling of, MP3.com is a prime example of what companies are interested in: censoring anyone that gets in the way of their "mainstream" . . . the industry absorbed the artistic expressions (the lives and livelihoods) of thousands of independent artists and stuck them in basically an information black hole, then pumped out the next Pop Queen.
Music download site MP3.com will go offline today at 8pm GMT as owner Primetones.com revamps the site for its new launch. The closure will see over a million tracks from independent artists lost in the shuffle.
Source: Scarlett Pruitt,
"MP3.com's shutdown: Indie songs may vanish in revamp"
Dec 2, 2003