Thousands Of Anti-Scientology Videos Taken Down From YouTube Via DMCA Takedowns
from the there's-a-lawsuit-in-here-somewhere dept
The Church of Scientology is rather notorious for its heavy-handed responses to any critics — often using copyright claims to stop them from criticizing the organization. The latest is that the EFF is reporting that over 4,000 critical videos have been taken down off of YouTube due to DMCA takedown notices issued by an organization named American Rights Counsel, LLC. Many of the folks who created the videos are immediately filing DMCA counter-notices, meaning that some of the videos are already back up, but it will be interesting to see where this goes.
The EFF hasn’t been shy in the past in filing lawsuits against those who issue bogus DMCA takedown notices — so if it turns out that these are bogus, then expect some lawsuits. In the meantime, it really does make you wonder what whoever issued the takedowns was thinking. This action will only serve to get a lot more attention directed at the critical videos, rather than do anything to silence them.