Viacom Denies Sending Takedown Letter On Colbert Parody
from the wasn't-us! dept
The folks over at the EFF are finding that difficult to believe. As they point out:
(1) the YouTube page specifically says that the video was removed due to a copyright complaint from Viacom; (2) YouTube's counsel verbally confirmed that the video was removed due to the DMCA takedown from Viacom; and (3) after sending a counter-notice to YouTube, Brave New Films received an email from well-known online copyright enforcer, BayTSP, apologizing for the mistake and asking that any questions be directed to VIACOM@BayTSP.com.BayTSP, of course, is the company that many entertainment industry companies hire to enforce their copyrights online. While Viacom may be technically correct that they did not send the takedown notice, it seems clear that BayTSP did so, acting as Viacom's agent in the matter. The EFF is calling on Viacom to explain how this happened, and to highlight how important it is not to file such bogus claims, points out: "if Fox got The Daily Show pulled off the air for running a clip from Fox News, Viacom wouldn't be satisfied with an "oops, we didn't mean it" the next day."