Telus Latest To Misuse Copyright Law; This Time To Force Union Videos Offline
from the did-they-not-learn dept
Two years ago, the Canadian telco Telus did something quite amazing. It blocked all subscribers of their ISP service from reaching websites that supported employees in a union battle between labor and management at Telus. This is one of the cases that people highlight when they talk about network neutrality. Of course, all this actually did was shine a great big spotlight on how ridiculous Telus was being in its labor dispute. You would have though the company wouldn't make the same sort of mistake twice. However, Michael Geist is reporting that Telus has sent DMCA takedown notices to YouTube on a bunch of videos including union videos that have no Telus copyrighted material. This is clearly a misuse of the law to try to stifle access to these union videos -- though, again, that seems likely to backfire. It's doubly ironic, considering (as Geist points out), Telus has been a vocal critic of notice-and-takedown rules as generating a "voluminous level of automated, illegitimate and time-wasting claims." Well, at least they have experience with that first hand.