Bogus DMCA Takedown Knocks Out Yet Another Political Ad
from the politcal-speech dept
We were just discussing how the DMCA interferes with political speech, and the EFF brings up another example. Apparently, John Kasich, who’s running for governor in Ohio, put out a commercial that purported to show a local steelworker talking about how unhappy he was with the current governor, Ted Strickland. Strickland’s campaign folks apparently realized that the “steelworker” was really an actor, and put together the following video, mixing in clips of some of the actor’s other work:
What’s troubling, yet again, is that this form of political speech has been removed from YouTube in the heat of an election battle. Even if the takedown was not political, it’s clearly a case of copyright law being used to stifle political speech. The EFF asks Arginate to withdraw the takedown and asks YouTube to put the video back up (without waiting for the whole 10 to 14 day period in the DMCA).
Filed Under: dmca, john kasich, ohio, politics, speech, takedowns, ted strickland
Companies: arginate studios
Comments on “Bogus DMCA Takedown Knocks Out Yet Another Political Ad”
I uploaded a public domain video, downloaded from NASA’s site. When I uploaded it, after editing, I imediatly received a takedown notice. What happened? I think those videos are used in documentaries which happens to be owned by mega monolith media …is it possible that that’s what happened here? Given the brevity of the clip. Either way, lastnight I realized the extent to which the power mongers have gone to sieze everyones rights. I can’t express how sad it is that our nations history from the 21st century onward will be censored like this.
Re: There has to be a penalty
There has to be a penalty for issuing a bogus takedown – even if done “in good faith”. This is clearly a case where the takedown was issued without due diligience. This will continue until there is a cost associated with getting it wrong.
Re: Re: There has to be a penalty
There (theoretically) is, but it’s a pittance. Classic case of the deck being stacked.
Damn. Missed Opportunity
Wow, the Strickland guys really had a great opportunity here to poke at their opponent…but who did they have edit and make that video? It’s terrible!
They couldn’t have explained the situation better? Teed up the videos with an intro? And the steelworker at the end is incomprehensible – I can’t tell what he’s angry about. The edits chop around faster than an MTV video. I’m not sure that’s the main voting bloc they’re trying to influence.
Could have been a great “Gotcha!”, but instead was a tepid “Wha?”
Re: Damn. Missed Opportunity
that response was fucking awesome.
I cant imagine how they could have done it better.
Re: Re: Damn. Missed Opportunity
Hmmm. Matter of taste, I guess. I thought the edit job seem worse than amateur.
The funny part is that those same politicians were the ones that gave a small group of people that power, now is coming back to bite them.
One Day, DMCA will be used to silence the Gospel
I can’t believe DMCA can silence political opposition.
One day, DMCA will be used to silence the Christian faith.
ISOPHS, Ltd. a cyberterrorist organization, filed false DMCA against NintendoCapriSun and Chuggaconroy’s “Let’s Play” videos, causing them to be banned. Conjopi, the leader of the cyberterrorist organization, claimed that he owns Chugga’s voice. This is insane. How can you copyright someone’s voice?
If I, for example, copyrighted someone’s voice and I filed a DMCA against him/her saying he/she cannot use his/her voice which I own, I would force him/her to have his/her voice box (larynx) surgically removed at the hospital and hand it over to me. Sounds ridiculous, right?
A preview of COICA
If the DMCA can be used to remove a single campaign ad due to “infringing”, who really thinks that COICA would not be used to remove entire websites of political opponents?
Filmmakers are overwhelmingly Democratic. Many are in unions. Gov. Strickland worked to have the Ohio Film Office reopened… let this is how the Democratic party treats their own constituents? Robbing them of their content without even asking for it? If this was a clip of “Twilight”, there’s no way the spot would stand. Because they’re the little guys, the Dem party couldn’t give a crap. Shame on them. They could have used any message at all to discredit the actor, but instead they steal footage from local filmmakers. Hard to believe they could stoop so low.
“One day, DMCA will be used to silence the Christian faith.”
Now that would almost be worth the collateral damage…