Google Customizes Its YouTube Takedown Message In Response To Bogus Innocence Of Muslims Takedown
from the sorry-about-that dept
We just wrote about the 9th Circuit’s ridiculously problematic ruling claiming that an actress who appears in 5 seconds of the 13 minute Innocence of Muslims “trailer” has a copyright interest in her performance, allowing the court to order Google to remove all copies of the video (along with a highly questionable gag order).
Soon after the ruling came out, EFF’s Parker Higgins suggested the sort of custom “takedown” message that Google might want to put on the video:
The YouTube sad face icon and takedown message has become fairly iconic, so much so that I have random people stop me on the street frequently to comment on my own YouTube takedown t-shirt
. However, historically, YouTube has stuck to its basic default messages when videos are taken down, almost never providing much in the way of details. Apparently, the lawyers at YouTube are so upset about this particular ruling that they’ve gone a different route, taking a page from Higgin’s suggestion and having the takedown message on the video
actually explain that they disagree with the situation:
Yes, that’s the actual message shown if you go to see the video right now. While I doubt YouTube will be using these sort of customized messages that often, it seems like something similar might come in handy over in Germany
, where a court has ordered YouTube to stop hurting GEMA’s feelings with its takedown messages, which highlight how GEMA has refused to license music to YouTube at a reasonable rate (like basically every other collection society in the world).
Filed Under: alex kozinski, copyright, first amendment, free speech, innocence of muslims