Vimeo and the Parable of the Photo Enforcement Camera

Photo © Jennifer Balaco on Flickr. CC by 2.0
Photo © Jennifer Balaco on Flickr. CC by 2.0

Once upon a time there was a man who drove a car. He loved to drive fast. He often drove faster than the law allowed. Sometimes he would even run red lights.

“Why shouldn’t I be allowed to drive as fast as I want” the man thought. “I’ve never hit anyone. And life is so much easier and efficient when I can get to where I’m going faster.”

Other people saw the man driving faster than the law allowed, so they followed suit. In due time, everyone was driving faster than the law allowed, and running red lights.

There came a time when there were so many people driving faster than the law allowed, and there were so many runners of red lights, the government installed photo enforcement cameras that would take pictures of these people breaking the law. Because the government knew they would be affecting a lot of drivers, they issued a decree and sent warnings to all the people of the land.

Incensed, the man wrote a letter to the government.

Dear Government,

I recently saw that you have installed new photo enforcement cameras that will take pictures of me when I’m breaking the law. I must tell you that I find this a wholly atrocious and vile act. For years me and the other drivers of the road have gotten along fine breaking the law without these stupid cameras. I am here to tell you that if you do not remove those photo enforcement cameras at once, I will have no other choice than to stop driving on your streets and drive along longer routes that do not have these law-enforcing cameras. I will give you until tomorrow to comply.



As more cities installed these cameras, eventually the man took up jogging.

2 thoughts on “Vimeo and the Parable of the Photo Enforcement Camera

  1. Good point, but there is a valid difference between bouncing a video with temp track music for client/partner review and removing deliberate copyright infringers. And it sounds like their system is automated and makes no distinction at all. I have nothing against their system, but if I’ve got written permission from a band or am using stock music I’ve purchased, then those videos should never be bounced.

    1. I absolutely agree with you Jeremy. FYI, the point of a parable is usually to address one specific point. This story doesn’t address the execution of the photo enforcement camera, just the frustration of the driver at the audacity for the government to install one in the first place. There are a lot of filmmakers who are like this driver. That’s to whom I’m addressing.

      I also use temp tracks and would not want those bounced. I have also had videos with legally licensed music flagged on YT. Very frustrating indeed. At least Vimeo is acknowledging that problem and promising to work to mitigate it. Only time will tell if it works.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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