Today's column is going to be a little different. In the spring of 2018 I will be leading a panel at a convention called "Kilroy Was Here" or the Kilroy Event or the Kilroy Meet-up (I'm not 100% certain of the official title to be honest).
You see, I spent a few years working as a contractor managing copyright claims in YouTube and this event is a place for video creators to get together and learn about the ever changing industry. So, the panel I will be leading will be to discuss copyright claims in YouTube and specifically how to respond to and dispute invalid and/or unjust claims on your videos. I'm also hoping to be able to discuss a little bit about copyright law, licensing and fair use, but that depends on time available and whether or not the organizers and I can find a copyright lawyer to join the panel as well.
This is something I'm very excited about. I love teaching people the things that I know, and this is a great opportunity to help other creators understand and navigate a very complex system as well as avoid actions that could be harmful to their channels.
Unfortunately, there's a catch. Right now I'm not able to afford the cost of making it to the event, so I need to do something I've been trying to avoid for a long time.
I need to ask for help.
Between airfare, hotel, ground transportation, food and a badge, I estimate that I'm going to need to raise between $1,700 and $2,400 to make this trip happen.
Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be setting up multiple ways for people to help me raise the funds to make it to this convention next spring, but there are already ways available if you want to help out now:
I'm also going to work on setting up PayPal support so you can subscribe in the same ways you can on Vidme, Minds and Patreon as well as send one time tips, but since PayPal takes lower fees, more of the support goes directly to me. I plan to set up a Fivrr account to sell my services doing voice overs and I'm looking into a GoFundMe or similar crowdfunding campaign.
I hate asking for money because I've always felt that my work should speak for itself, and if you enjoyed it enough to pay, you'd see the options available and do so. The fact is, I feel like this is a great opportunity to help people learn how to create better content, protect what they create and avoid infringing on the copyrights of other creations, and I can't do this without your help. At the risk of sounding grandiose, your support helps, not only me, but potentially dozens or even hundreds of other creators.
Aside from fulfilling Patreon goals if they're reached (and maybe buying some of the shirts on Teespring), every penny you contribute through tips, purchases or monthly support between now and the event will go towards getting me there. If I raise extra then I will put it towards improving my production, and in the extremely unlikely event I don't raise enough to make it, what I do raise will go towards improving production.
Stay tuned here and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more ways to help in the coming weeks.
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