EFF, ACLU Ask News Networks To Stop Sending DMCA Takedown Notices On Political Videos
from the right-idea,-wrong-approach dept
Following the McCain campaign’s request to YouTube that it exempt both major presidential campaigns from the traditional process of notice-and-takedown to DMCA complaints (which YouTube rejected), the EFF and the ACLU have sent a letter to the various television networks who were responsible for the takedowns in the first place, asking them to stop sending bogus takedowns. On top of that, they ask YouTube to reconsider and start responding to counternotices and putting content back online more quickly.
While I can appreciate the stance taken by the EFF and the ACLU, and believe that they are correct that the networks’ takedown notices are incorrect, I’m going to have to side with Public Citizen in suggesting that the real answer to this issue is fixing the DMCA, not through asking various parties to simply change their behavior. The real problem is the DMCA and the unclear boundaries of fair use today. While there’s clearly not time to fix the law prior to election day, it doesn’t seem right to just ask people to ignore the way the law works today. If the law is the problem, fix the law — don’t ask everyone else to play by different rules. That just sweeps the problems of the law under the rug, where they’ll get a lot less attention.