While searching for clips from movies (e.g. songs, lines, etc.), I often see some results that have the following similarities:
- An extremely long length (up to hour(s)), similar to a feature-length film
- The content is a single frame from the film in question (but completely static), or possibly several such frames played like a slideshow.
- A dedicated account with a related name containing few if any other movies
- Video ratings are usually disabled.
- The description wants you to go to some sketchy URL and sign up for some account.
For example, try searching for "monsters university". One result is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cg_eV_J1BM, which is entirely typical. Here's another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ0B178fwTI. This is hardly unique. I spot-checked a few other films (I picked some random ones I remember seeing): "Tangled", "Pacific Rim", "The Shawshank Redemption", "Spirited Away", and "A Beautiful Mind". In each case, I simply searched on the name of the film. Every single one produced at least one result of this ilk.
I'm definitely not going to actually try any of these; they set off all the warning bells. But, I'm not really sure what the purpose of them is. I'm not sure where else to ask about this; googling, e.g., "YouTube Free Accounts Full Movies" kindof tends to give the wrong hits.
They are obviously some kind of advertisement for that site (which might be a scam as well). I skimmed YouTube's terms of service and the community guidelines, and I didn't see anything precluding this sort of behavior.
So . . . is there anything that can be done about this sort of thing? Flag for moderator attention? Would there be a justification to remove it? What is all this cruft?