YouTube Poop (commonly abbreviated as YTP) is a type of video mashup created by editing pre-existing media sources for humorous, profane, annoying, confusing, shocking, détournement, or dramatic purposes. YouTube Poop videos are traditionally uploaded to the video sharing website YouTube, hence the name, but may be mirrored or uploaded on other sites like Newgrounds, Vimeo and Dailymotion (usually for reasons involving copyright or YouTube's Community Guidelines.)
A typical YouTube Poop video uses visual and auditory effects to alter the underlying work. Some of these videos may involve completely or partially repurposing sources to create or convey a story, while others follow a non-linear narrative, and some may contain no storyline at all. Alternatively, a YouTube Poop may consist solely of an existing video repeated in a slowed or remixed loop. In many cases, YouTube Poops utilize a bizarre sequence of elements which may entertain, confuse, or irritate, depending on the viewer. Associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, Michael Wesch, has defined YouTube Poops as "absurdist remixes that ape and mock the lowest technical and aesthetic standards of remix culture to comment on remix culture itself".
Media sources of YouTube Poops include television shows, movies, cartoons, commercials, video games, and other videos obtained from YouTube or elsewhere. In the late 2000s, cutscenes from games released on the Philips CD-i platform (most notably, Hotel Mario, Link: The Faces of Evil, and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, I.M. Meen, VeggieTales) were an incredibly common source in YTP's, because the campy and egregious nature of the animations made them ripe for satire.
YouTube Poop is often derivative in the sense that the work of one artist (or pooper) is sometimes used as the underlying work for another video. Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, referred to this behavior as an example of call & response within a remix culture. Alternately, two YouTube Poopers may engage in YTP tennis or YTP soccer, wherein the same video is remixed back and forth.
Another prominent type of video in the community is known as a "collab", wherein a group of YouTube Poopers' videos are compiled to make a longer video often, the videos featured are made exclusively for the collab and are not uploaded to YouTube prior to the collab's release.
Some YouTube Poops fall into the category of YTPMV (the acronym stands for YouTube Poop Music Video), where the YTP is combined with music (not necessarily related to the YTP subject) that is often remixed with sound snippets (usually soundbites) from the same video source as the YTP itself. Often (but not always), the sound snippets are pitch-shifted according to the background music, thus becoming musical notes themselves; this is generally the case in "Sparta remixes, YTPMV's derived from the This is Sparta!" internet meme (replacing the soundbites taken from the 300 film with soundbites from the YTP video source, while keeping the same techno music track used on the original meme), although some of such remixes do employ pitch shifting of the soundbites in some parts.
Copyright and fair use
Due to the use of copyrighted materials and the manner in which these sources are depicted, YTP's may be removed from YouTube following a DMCA complaint. However, political scientist and author Trajce Cvetkovski noted in 2013 that, despite Viacom filing a copyright infringement lawsuit with YouTube in 2007, YouTube Poops such as The Sky Had a Weegee" by Hurricoaster, which features scenes from the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants (in particular, the episode Shanghaied) and Weegee (a satiric caricature based on Nintendo's Luigi as he appears in the DOS version of Mario Is Missing), remained on YouTube.
The law in the United Kingdom does allow people to use copyrighted material for the purposes of parody, pastiche, and caricature without infringing on the copyright of the material. Copyright owners are only able to sue the parodist if the work contains hateful or discriminative messages. If the case is then taken to court, it will be down to a judge to decide whether the video meets these criteria.
Individuals involved in YouTube Poops sometimes make efforts to take YouTube Poopers videos down because mature and defamatory content is prevalent in them, especially if they have a large audience of children watching their work. Children's poet Michael Rosen (who claims to have "become a cult" among YouTube Poopers) initially attempted to take his videos down, but after a few frank discussions with YouTube Poopers, he decided to allow the videos to stay online, comparing the remixes to the use of photo editing software in a later interview. Rosen issued a warning on his website, saying that:
|“||Quite a few people have fun taking my videos and making new versions of them, known as 'YouTube Poops'. Many of these are not suitable for young children. I am not responsible for either the words or pictures of these.||”|
He put a similar warning on his YouTube channel's about page.
- Anime music video
- Cult Toons
- Daffy Duck in Hollywood, a 1938 Merrie Melodies short with similarities to YouTube Poop.
- Downfall (2004 film) § Parodies
- Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon
- Hotel Mario
- Weird SoundCloud
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