Barstool Sports Claimed To Be Copyright Owners Of Dog Park Diane Video Preventing Us From Monetizing Our Own Content 


The Turtleboy YouTube channel is growing and has been a smashing success in the face of Facebook censoring and removing our Live Show videos. It’s a potential new source of revenue for the blog, since you can monetize videos. Most YouTubers make around $2 CPM (dollars per 1,000 views) when YouTube places ads on them. They’re pretty strict about what can have ads, and some of the videos we’ve posted of fights and stuff like that gets demonetized. I accept that because it’s their rule.

But what I can’t accept is piracy, and that’s what Huffstool Sports is currently doing to us and lots of other people. The Dog Park Diane video blew up this week for all the wrong reasons. Regardless it’s got almost 60,000 views, and would’ve made us about $120. Not gonna make us rich, but I’ll take it.

Except it didn’t make us much money at all because Barstool Sports somehow said that they’re the copyright owners of OUR video, so it got demonetized.

All I did in this video was record Franklin Smollett’s video that he posted on Facebook, directly off of my computer screen.

That video does NOT belong to Barstool Sports. It once belonged to Franklin, but after he posted it on Facebook anyone can use it. Either way, it’s an event that made the news and it certainly was not broken by a crappy PC website that caters to 19 year olds with Daddy’s credit card.

We broke this story (and corrected it) 24 hours before Huffstool wrote about it. Yet WRKO shamelessly pretends like Barstool is a reliable source of information.

“Legit journalism” = interviewing Franklin, not calling him out on his bullshit, not researching his criminal past, and letting your intern run your social media pages and in turn embarrassing your radio station.

We did dispute the claim, and Barstool has 30 days to respond.

Apparently this is quite common. Pirates like Huffstool can claim that ANY video on the Internet belongs to them. It’s then up to the user to dispute it, and if Huffstool ignores them then you have to take them to court. Obviously suing a large company owned by the Chernin Group is something that is not financially feasible for independent media outlets like Turtleboy. So basically they do this because they know they can and YouTube allows it.

They’ve done this to many other people as well, but if you’re on Twitter and call them out on it they’ll try to make it right to save themselves from a lawsuit. We are not on Twitter, even though it’s clearly the public square. Although I hate Deadspin and think that they criticize Barstool for all the wrong reasons, they did write a good story on this the other day.

In comedian Miel Bredouw’s case, the site tried to wheedle her using a gift card. On Monday, Bredouw explained the bizarre saga, which started back in December, when Barstool reuploaded this video of hers. She asked Barstool for credit, and when she didn’t receive a response, she filed a DMCA takedown notice. According to Bredouw, no one from the site reached out to her until her complaint landed Barstool in some trouble with Twitter. 

Other people began coming forward too.

Barstool responded to this criticism on Twitter by basically saying, “come listen to us talk about this on our podcast.”

Translation – give us more free clicks while we talk about stealing other people’s work.

They also stole original music from the Fenway Park organist, and when he had the audacity to complain about they ripped him too.

Josh Kantor (the organist) responded in a friendly manner.

And the Huffstool hack who once insinuated that Turtleboy was racist for not blindly believing Adam Jones’ lie about being called the n word at Fenway Park, called Kantor full of shit for not reaching out to Barstool about stealing his work.

What they did to these people was different from what they did to us. In the first case they created a Twitter burner account that posts videos and images that are copyrighted, then they embed the tweets with videos and images that don’t belong to them into their blogs. This is actually perfectly legal since they’re not publishing someone else’s work, they’re just linking to a random Twitter page that is unaffiliated with them legally.

With the organist they used his music without his permission, but they didn’t deny him the ability to make money off of it. With us they did. They literally just took our work and were like “that’s mine now,” and YouTube apparently lets them. I highly doubt we’ll hear back from them and then we’re fucked because I don’t have the time and money to sue people over $120 in lost revenue.

But please, tell me more about how these big tech monopolies shouldn’t be regulated. They’ve allowed shitty companies like Huffstool to claim any video they want on the Internet as their own, and if you don’t like it tough shit. Makes sense.


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30 Comment(s)
  • Because some dumb bitch from Quincy said so
    March 9, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    A website run by male feminists and women. Yeah I can’t see any reason to listen to them. Curious though reading through the commemts; why did it take so long for many of you to leave Barstool?

  • Uncl.TrtlesGay
    March 8, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Triggered much?

  • VB in the middle of a DP
    March 7, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    VB with the tough talk LOL. Can you imagine using a derogatory nickname like VB which stands for Virgin Boy, coined by Howie Carr 20 years ago which was shaming him for being a virgin in his 20’s, as your signature calling card? Nobody knows VB’s real name, which his wife and kids actually prefer i bet. As soon as he’s let go by wrko, once they find a no pay advertiser to take the 12-3 slot slinging financial advice, he’s gonna be contacting turtle boy looking for a blogger position and hosting podcasts. What are his ratings, 0.1 if that??

    • Thank Me Later
      March 8, 2019 at 8:16 am

      It’s Doug Goudy. He lives in Boxford.

  • randiguy2006
    Randall Guy
    March 7, 2019 at 6:02 pm


    Lol, get a real job.

    How jealous are you of Portnoy?

  • Maggie the Cat
    March 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Can we get the names of the people at Barstool who are actually responsible for this theft? Home addresses would be helpful as well.

  • z
    March 7, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    If it was a Content ID call, then the money (if any) goes into escrow until it is worked out.
    If it is Copyright infringement, Youtubes policy I believe is 3-strikes and you are gone from Youtube.

    Content ID is handled a lot by Bots by Youtube. They changed their algorithm. There’s companies with multiple Youtube channels that have had automated Content ID call outs from one channel on another of their channels.

    If it is Content ID and you can show you had it before it showed up under Bar Stool you should be ok.

    There’s one Youtube channel I subscribe to that played some music done by the US Armed Forces band.
    Warner Music said they owned it. He said “Go Fuck Yourself, this is a public domain presentation of the music”.

    Guy got so pissed off he dropped the # of subscriptions counter to his channel which cost him money.
    Also, isn’t too thrilled with Patreon and their attitude on freedom of speech. He got pissed over Patreon dumping “Sargon of Akkad” and I don’t even think he agrees with most of the “Sargon of Akkad” says. Guy has maybe 1.2 million subscribers.

    If you are into the guts of power tools or want to watch someone learn how to operate a Haas CNC machine, look up AvE on youtube. Goes by the name of Uncle BumbleFuck. No one knows what he looks like, you only see his hands and hear his voice. The CNC videos are works of art when played to a music soundtrack. He bought the CNC (easily over a $100K with options) with his Youtube earnings.

    Language wise, he would make most of us here blush. Guy is smart as fuck.

  • Ex daily barstool reader
    March 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Barstool jumped the shark. Cannot stand the talentless bloggers, I’m lookin at you Liz g, Nate, Trent, gay pat etc, it used to be so good. Now, sheesh, podcast city, no thanks. I listened for five minutes to the two whores who talk sex. If that was my daughter, I’d be blowing my brains out, vapid, useless twats. Miss old balls tho, he’s the best of the bunch. See ya pres., it’s been since you took over the comment section and I don’t miss it. Count your shekels Dave. Douche

  • John Q Public
    March 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I know people who made a career from stealing other peoples shit. Get out in front of it to block. My work is copyrighted and I know other people would steal it….

  • WeRFucked
    March 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Any chance this is just a hater claiming to be Bar Stool and filing the complaint to YouTube?

    I like PornTube better anyway.

  • Frank
    March 7, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Deleted barstool when they got rid of comments, they couldn’t dilute the comments on how bad the site has become. Portnoy is a giant vagina

  • Hugh Mungous
    March 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Portnoy went the Howard Stern route, i’m a celebrity now,these are my friends.
    A couple of fucking cunts

  • The Truth
    March 7, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Barstool sucks. Their readers are retarded and el presidente is a faggot that should be in jail for child porn.

  • Jared crappalicious.
    March 7, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    VB is a fat fucking poser.

    Cuckboy supreme

  • Daniel Sullivan
    El doucho
    March 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Barstool is horrible. I used to read them everyday like 4-5 years ago. Then they started being liberal whinny cunts. A bunch of college SJWs. The bigger that website got the way worse it became. However I’m 42 years old so maybe I just got to old for it. I certainly could be out of touch with their writers now a days. Who knows. Either way I maintain that they suck.

    • Y
      March 7, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      I think it’s them who are out of touch.
      The site sucks now.

    • El Idioto
      March 8, 2019 at 8:13 am

      Yeah it’s the Trump sucks choo choo train site. Didn’t know they were all liberal chucks. I remember when Portnose made fun of butch feminists and shit. Kinda surprised at the Libby drum beat on a supposed humor site since libs usually lack a sense of humor.

  • Franklin Baxley GFY
    March 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Barfstool Sports and Jussie Baxley, what a combination.

  • Y
    March 7, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    The bigger issue for Barstool was they didn’t want another DMCA strike against them, because after 5 or 6 strikes, Twitter deactivates the account. And, as the OP mentioned in her tweet thread, she was probably their 5th strike.
    Fu@k Barstool.

  • Jew from Swampscott
    March 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I haven’t been on Barstool since they wanted me to pay to comment. I mean I already bought stuff from them worth twice as much as the annual fee, but then their bloggers are not celebrities and my cat writes better than their illiterate morons. The only reason I went to the site was to make fun of all their not so hot “chicks” and idiot prose. Also all their shit became these cringeworthy “podcasts” which are useless to me because it would be unprofessional of me to wear headphones in the office, and I’m not subscribing to fucking Sirius. Also I don’t get the “schtick” anymore. Their shit is not “cool” or “funny” like who cares?

    • Y
      March 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Agreed, I also ceased using their site when the paid comments approach was implemented.
      I’m not going to pay to make fun of a bunch of soy-boy cuck writers.

  • Karma Bus
    Jealousy's a deadly disease, get well soon BarBitches
    March 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Barstool SUCKS. How jealous are they

  • Francis Sidebottom
    March 7, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Dog park diane is going to sue your pants off for defamation and turtle turd is going to lose ! and she ain’t gunna settle out of court but demand a jury trial

    • Corinth Arkadin
      March 7, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      STFU and GTFO.


    • Captain Trips
      Captain Trips
      March 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      Go sniff some coke with your pittie ‘Franklin’

      “Those who become the most upset are often the most guilty”

      Wise saying there

    • Fuck Off Franklin
      March 7, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      And all the while you are on your knees sucking cock for all you’re worth to get to the gravy you so richly deserve.

    • Attorney Richard N. Vulva, Esquire
      March 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      it’s DEFORMATION, nitwit.

      • Bob Kraft's Legal Team
        March 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm

        Time for Attorney Richard N Vulva to issue Cease and Desist order to Barstool sports. Ima call my lawyer right after Ima done my nails…

    • Kim Wescott
      March 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm


    • Power Top
      March 8, 2019 at 8:26 am

      Is SIDEBOTTOM your preferred camera angle, too? You seem a little butt hurt. I see what you did there talking about pants off and turds.

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