There's a Fake "The Grand Tour" YouTube Channel And Nobody Seems to Care

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Just like us, you're probably excited about the debut of Jeremy Clarkson & Co's new show on Amazon Prime a little over two weeks from now. And why shouldn't you? Not only will it feature the trio we all know and love, but it also promises to be a massive production with huge budgets and, hopefully, results to match.
The only thing that transpired so far is that the opening scene is going to be the most expensive in TV history. And it's easy to figure out why the show producers went to all this trouble: creating hype around the very first sequence of the show means more people will be watching it. If the show is any good - and if the three simply show up and don't say anything it's still going to be better than the competition - most of them will come back for the next 11 episodes of the first series as well.

That's actually pretty clever, and it shows the people in charge aren't just throwing money at the show, but also putting a lot of thought into its marketing strategy. Which makes it all the more baffling how they can tolerate a YouTube channel that uses the "Grand Tour" name as well as the image of the three presenters to make money off of it all.

If the "Grand Tour" YouTube channel you're subscribed to has more than eight videos at this time, then you've got the wrong one as well. This guy - apparently named Rushido Hinamoru - collects videos related to the people involved with the show (either posted by Clarkson, Hammond or May on their personal accounts or by third party media outlets or even old Top Gear footage) and posts them on his channel under the "Grand Tour" name.

So far he has gathered close to 1.5 million views and nearly 35,000 subscribers. He even has a link where people can donate money, which is a bit ironic, even though some fans might be grateful for providing all this Clarkson, Hammond, May content in one place.

But that doesn't change the fact that Rushido Hinamoru (or whatever his name might be) is pretending to be something he's not for financial gains. And that, for some reason, Amazon allows him to keep doing it. If this was happening in the U.S., he would have long had a big lawsuit on his hands. Oh, wait.
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