I have a YouTube video at the bottom of a hub which used to be viewable, but now is not. However, the introductory still picture still shows up and it is very pertinent to the subject. It is of a piece of art that was auctioned at a record breaking price. The question is: is it all right to leave the link even though it is broken? I think the still shot (which continues to be viewable) still adds a lot to the hub.
From the two answers so far, I'm thinking I should remove it, though I will need to do some textual revision also. I did find a still shot of the work online, but it is under copyright. I suppose if someone pays $17 million for a Picasso, they don't want everyone copying it.
Maybe you can write to the people who own the copyright and get permission to include it on your Hub in exchange for a link to their site. I've written to a few people for permission, and have had good luck.
That's a thought, but I doubt if Sothebys, the Guggenheim Museum, or the Estate of Pablo Picasso would be interested in a puny link. I appreciate the advice, but I will probably work it out another way.
Try http://www.wikipaintings.org/ Images are normally copyrighted but they fall under Fair Use as being historically relevant, easily obtainable on the internet, and of low resolution which makes them unsuitable for commercial use.
I would definitely get rid of the broken video link, especially to a private video. Your viewers won't appreciate it. I try to get rid of broken links as soon as I'm aware of them. I periodically check my videos to make sure they're still linked ok.
How often do you think we should check the videos in our hubs, like weekly or monthly or something? Also, do you do this by trying to watch the video in your hubs or do you just use the "broken links" link in "my account"?
Whenever I use the "broken links" link, I always get "No broken links found at this time." so I guess that means my hubs have no broken links?
Apparently no broken links have been detected. I don't think it's worth the time and effort to go check every one, if it hasn't been brought to your attention. Mine (which I have now removed) was there for months and it seemed to have no adverse effect on the hubscore or number of views.
Okay thanks. Yeah, I guess it really would take much time and effort to go through each and every hub just to check for broken links especially for those writers who have written a lot of hubs already. So, is checking using the "broken links" link an effective method of checking if you really have broken links or not?
I agree that a broken link should be removed. I believe that is one of the quality assessment tools to id broken links, besides, wouldn't you rather offer a reader a full read instead of the potential frustration of not being able to view the video? The reader would hold you, the author accountable for that.
I had the same problem with a video once. I really liked that video, but I replaced it rather than leave it as a broken link. That was a first for me. I never knew the reason. I guess I assumed that if a video was on YouTube, it would be OK to use. Maybe mine had a copy write issue.
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