Once Again, The DMCA Doesn't Let You Takedown Any Content You Don't Like
from the eff-on-the-case dept
Sometimes people have a difficult time understanding that something they dislike isn’t necessarily illegal — and because of it, they can sometimes take legal action even though they have no right to do so. This is quite common with the DMCA, where we’ve seen numerous examples of people abusing the DMCA in this manner. Luckily, the EFF has been fighting back against many of these bogus DMCA takedowns, and the latest is the case where an anti-animal cruelty group posted a bunch of videos showing treatment of animals at a rodeo.
No matter what you think of the group’s position, the rodeo still had no right to send a DMCA takedown notice, since it didn’t own the copyright on the videos — but that didn’t stop the rodeo from filing the DMCA takedowns anyway. Again, it seems like a case where the rodeo didn’t like the videos, and thus assumed they simply must be illegal, even if their complaint had nothing at all to do with copyright. Speaking of which, it’s not clear under what rules Henry Nicholas, the recently indicted founder of Broadcom, was able to get YouTube to remove a video of himself ingesting white powder. However, in a filing with the company, his lawyer insisted the person in the video was Nicholas, and asked that the video be removed.