Copyright As Censorship: Turkey's Prime Minister Copyrights His Recorded Calls To Get Them Off YouTube
from the copyright's-not-about-cenosrship? dept
Just recently, we noted that Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has tried to shut down social media sites in the past, was once again threatening to ban YouTube and Facebook. The main issue: recordings of some of his phone calls were put online by those opposed to him. Erdogan has supported banning those sites by claiming that the recordings were “fabricated.” Of course, it appears he’s figured out there’s a more modern and efficient way to censor content you don’t want people to see: copyright.
Via Ankarali Jan comes the news that Erdogan has “taken out a copyright” in his own phone calls in an attempt to get them removed from those sites. Of course, that more or less admits that the calls are “real” — though, as some have pointed out, he’s never argued that the calls weren’t his voice, just that they were edited inaccurately. Still, while more narrowly targeting the calls, rather than banning the whole site, may be seen as a slightly better path, the fact that his tool of choice is copyright should certainly remind us, once again, how frequently copyright is a tool for censorship, rather than having anything to do with its stated purpose.