UPDATE 4/16: For those who are a little confused about what is going on with this, we did not delete Seanie B’s accounts. YouTUBE did this as a matter of policy. It’s a shame because he had some great videos, and all he had to do was come clean publicly like he has in private, and cite his sources properly going forward, and none of this would have happened.
To those who think we were determined to bring Seanie down: not true. A popular video blogger representing the vast online community of blogs, and giving exposure to our sites and writing, would be an awesome thing as far as I’m concerned; and Seanie B certainly had a vibe. As I’ve said, we are not the difficult ones and we are not actively gunning for him any longer – we have simply presented our case.
If you are looking for a VLOG to keep you going while this gets worked out, look no further than MrJames. He’s timely, he gives a ton of useful information, his flow is organic, and he isn’t afraid to attribute. Aside from all that, he’s just fun to watch and has some great ideas. Hard to believe he gets his recaps out there so fast!
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UPDATE 4/14: I’ve talked to TVGuide, and they’ve clarified the Seanie B association. Here’s the scoop from TVGuide.com’s Editor & Chief Christy Tanner:
“I’d like to clarify that TVGuide.com does not employ Sean in any capacity. We had an unscripted video question and answer session with him for use in our Getting Lost series about 4 weeks ago. The discussion was led by a senior editor and edited by our video producer. We are not associated with Sean’s YouTube videos or blog.”
I got the distinct impression that we would not be seeing Sean on any future episodes, and they were certainly not aware of his vlogging practices. So please, do not inundate TVGuide with requests for Sean’s noggin, and continue to support the fine work that Matt & the crew are putting out there.
I would like to point out that at no time did we mean to give the impression that TVGuide was enabling or encouraging Sean’s wrong-doings. The mention of his TVGuide association was always to yard-stick Sean’s ascension via unsavory means.
UPDATE: The victim of this, Erika, has spoken in her newest post. A lot of you have carried on about how mean I’ve been, and how despicable my actions were, I suggest you let the other side of the human element speak. This is what it is has been about from the beginning.
Folks, there is a fox in the chicken coop. The worst kind of fan. The kind of fan that steals your ideas and puts them off as his own, and is profiting from it. Perhaps you are aware of Seanie B, a recapper who has become a bit of a sensation. He’s made big waves on YouTUBE, and has recently become a featured commentator on TVGuide Vidcasts. Well, turns out his program is scripted, nearly word for word, by whichever bloogger he feels like stealing from – without giving credit. Here’s the proof.
UPDATE: Well over 24 hours and still not public acknowledgment, other than Sean has edited out these 3 issues. However, I’ve been informed that there is much more plagiarism in early episodes, and he has still not removed all of his stolen material from Whatever Happened, Happened.
In addition, Sean has locked down commenting on YouTUBE so that only comments he approves will show up. I left a comment on his blog, and guess what… my IP is banned. Boo hoo, I can no longer visit LostVideoRecaps.com. Good thing I downloaded his entire video library.
Actions speak louder than words, Sean. You tried to ‘destroy the evidence’ and have made no attempt to apologize for your unethical behavior. Which means, unfortunately, that I have to continue to make videos. Up next: how Sean stole Vozzek’s recaps, and of course more Erika, and of course…. ME! That’s right, the issue strikes home on the next edition of LOST Video Recaps Exposed.
UPDATE to the UPDATE: Commenting is now closed for this topic. Not because I fear you opinion, as some will claim, but because at 300+ comments we’ve discovered the breaking point of WordPress. Replies aren’t showing up in the right place, and it is just a mess.
Plus, I think I’ve given everybody their chance to say what they want. At the end of the day, it’s not about our opinions of Sean as a person, or plagiarism, or any of that. It’s a simple binary proposition: the video presents evidence. Make your decision, and go from there.
NOTE: Before you assume this is about ‘ideas,’ it’s not. I’m all for fair use and free exchange of information. This is a case of someone using someone else’s text word for word, and putting it out there as their own ideas. That is NOT what this community is about.
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The first time I saw Seanie B on TVGuide’s LOST vids I said “Who the ‘f’ is this dude?” Brand new site, kind of popular YouTUBE channel, pretty generic and occasionally lame concepts – but heck, he was young, hip, happening, and had a keyboard! Perfect choice if you are a producer trying to connect with the shallow and youth-obsessed mainstream. It’s a free country – he can be as lame as he wants. However, there is a line. And Seanie B, you crossed it.
Seanie B’s popularity, you see, is not well earned. He is a thief. A content thief of the highest extreme. My good friend Erika at Long Live Locke pointed out several ‘similarities’ between one of Seanie B’s video recaps that went well past the pale of coincidence. After a good natured attempt to get Seanie B to own up, the ‘rising star’ of the LOST world brushed her off with something resembling the reasoning I laid on you in my second paragraph. However, it just doesn’t fit. So I decided to take it upon myself to battle this scoundrel on his own grounds.
Seanie B’s video skills are far more advanced then mine, but I’ve put together a brief documentary I think will help you to see what this hip and happening star of Youtube, Facebook, TVguide, and god knows what else, is up to. Digg it, spread it, comment it, post it… don’t let Seanie B make a mockery out of the LOST fandom.
Click the HQ button on the video to improve the readability. I have a higher quality vid on the way…
To Be ULTRA Fair, and I mean fairer than we need to be… I openly invite Sean to come on our podcast to discuss this situation.