It came as an unexpected pleasure yesterday to learn that YouTube had removed the main video channel belonging to Catriona Selvester, aka Cat Scot, aka Wildcat Scot, aka CalamiTcat.
The channel succumbed to an excess of copyright strikes—ironic, considering her recent gloating about having taken down another person’s YouTube channel for that self-same reason:
In terms of famous last words, this wasn’t really on a par with “Either this wallpaper goes or I do”, as dear Oscar Wilde was alleged to have moaned on his deathbed (he didn’t really, but it’s still a good story).
However, it turns out to have been ironic, which might be even better in the long run.
As it turns out, annoying “Michael of the Mouse Family” might have been part of Cat’s undoing, as he immediately launched—and won—a challenge to her complaint:
Perhaps they have, Michael.
We’re also aware of at least two other successful copyright strikes against Cat, who was an enthusiastic
thief borrower of other people’s material, with nary a thought to the niceties of crediting her sources or fair use principles. So go, team!
The other shoe drops
For a brief while yesterday, Cat could console herself that her back-up channel (with half a dozen videos and about that many subscribers, but still—a channel. Of sorts), remained intact.
However, that didn’t last.
Within a few hours, we learned that the second account, too, was gone-zo:Sic transit gloria mundi and all that.
We find it more than a bit annoying that YouTube responds (relatively) promptly and efficiently to threats to their income stream, while taking a lackadaisical approach to issues like harassment and child endangerment, but at least in this case we will take our victories where we can find them.
And in our Hubris Department…
We’d like to remind you of this blast from the not-too-distant past:
“I will say and do exactly whatever the fuck I like…Nobody will stop me…I won’t be censored, so that’s that.”
~ Cat Scot, 17.10.18
Catriona has had her Twitter account locked down to “friends only” for some weeks now, and so sadly her reaction to yesterday’s news remains a mystery. However, here is an artist’s representation: