Fair Use For Me, But Not For Thee
from the funny-how-that-works dept
Here’s a wacky one. Blogger Mark Reinhardt, who blogs about Idaho, had written a blog post critical of local TV station KTVB and its news reporting. With it, he included a YouTube clip of the reporting in question, along with some of his own commentary about why the reporting was “one sided journalism.” While the disclaimer he posted with it, which implied that he believed the use was fair use, was legally meaningless (and slightly incorrect), using a news clip and commenting on it is still a classic form of fair use. Either way, KTVB claimed the video and had YouTube take it down, saying it was infringing. Whether or not it was actually infringing is actually not a huge part of the issue, because what happened next was interesting.
Mark Reinhardt remembered that, last year, KTVB had used one of his videos to illustrate a story. Amazingly, they didn’t even credit it to him, but generally to “YouTube.” So, he went tit for tat, and sent KTVB an email demanding that they remove his video (or, that they properly credit him).
Either way, it does seem rather interesting that the news channel issued a takedown on his use of their video, when it had no problems running one of his videos without credit.