The Happiest Sheep in the World


First of all, I want to thank everyone who sent me Facebook messages and emails about the most recent “pirating” of my bouncing sheep video by a popular radio station. I first posted this video in this post on March 16, 2010.

Who knew how out of control this video would become. Not me. I thought it was just another cute animal video. After it went viral and started being stolen, I had gotten a little more adept at video-making and I always add my own attribution and website to the end of every video before posting it to YouTube. However, of course, that can be deleted even so when scrapers steal it. (Scrapers steal videos, duplicate them, and re-post them on YouTube and other places as their own.) The video is also constantly shown by outlets such as that radio station–who themselves may have had no idea where it came from originally. The video has shown up on numerous websites with no attribution to me, and has had hundreds of thousands more views than show up in my YouTube posting because it’s stolen. In a way, the radio station did me a favor. It got so much attention that it came on to the radar of a major video licensing company. After making sure they were legitimate (they represented, for example, the “emotional baby” video that’s been seen on many national TV shows recently), I signed with them.

And so, the happiest sheep in the world (as the radio station referred to Annabelle) is now being protected by a major video licensing company who will be going after the scrapers and anyone else who posts this video without attribution. (If you see it posted anywhere without attribution, please notify me.) They will also monetize it and represent it to national and international television–with attribution to me and payment to me. (I still retain all rights to the video.) Protecting a viral video across the vast internet is far beyond my abilities, and I am so happy to have help.

Thank you so much, and please ONLY view this video on MY website or MY YouTube channel, sharing it via my YouTube channel and with its attribution. And please do share it!!!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 31, 2014  

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  1. 3-31

    HOT DIGGITY! You’ve got more cuties where that come from! So cool that they’ll hunt violaters down.

  2. 3-31

    I saw it a posted on Facebook that it was yours. I love that video and was amazed that after 4 years someone would be stupid enough to steal it. BLESS you. Couldn’t live without warriors on our side.

  3. 3-31

    I’m so happy (!!!) that you found some back-up!

    Nancy – now in Savannah!

  4. 3-31

    I did see this video. Didn’t know it was yours. It’s great that ABC found you.

  5. 3-31

    Glad you found some help in keeping the video’s you make solely your property and the income you earn from them only yours.

  6. 3-31

    Down with pirates, the low down varmints! :pirate: I’m glad you’ve found someone to watch out for your interests.

    I love this video. One of the things I enjoy about it, besides dear Annabelle, is hearing the natural farm sounds in the background.

  7. 3-31

    Is there somewhere we should report sighting of your video(s) without attribution? ‘Cause I just saw this one with someone else’s credits on it, at

  8. 3-31

    I remember when you first posted that video. It is so sad how things are just taken these day, some people just have no quams about taking what they want. I am happy that you have found out how to protect yourself from these cyber-thives—so very sad.
    I love you sheep, they are the cutest ever.

  9. 3-31

    If you Google “Happiest Sheep in the World” your video comes up a BUNCH of times, on other sites. Cyber-thieves are horrible!

  10. 3-31

    I just counted 9 videos in the first 2 pages where Kathi mentioned. Didn’t open them…didn’t have to. It’s obvious to someone that watches the original at least once a week.
    There are also 4 places in the pictures that are Annabelle.

  11. 3-31

    Yippee! And, the weekend anchors on GMA are total geeks for cute animal videos…AND it may even be picked up by WNN (World News Night) the ABC night owl news.

  12. 4-1

    One less thing for you to have to worry about!

  13. 4-1

    I never get tired of watching that video. Show just how much fun unrelated animals can have , just pure fun!

  14. 4-1

    I saw this on Right This Minute today. They did say your name & said you told them she was raised on the porch with the dogs. :D

  15. 4-1

    Suzanne can you not report it to YouTube and they should take down that other link that stole it? They must have some control as to what is posted. I’m sure I even read something to this effect. This is so maddening…..

  16. 4-2

    Under the YouTube video on the right side there’s a little flag. Click it and you can report about the viseo to YouTube.

  17. 4-2

    I just saw it on TV this morning! It was on a local channel, and I think it was a segment called “Video First” on a show called “right this minute.” Good for you for making sure you get the credit you deserve!

  18. 4-7

    I am delighted you will benefit financially and be protected from the scrapers! :woof:

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