YouTube Briefly Shuts Down Blizzard's Own YouTube Channel For Copyright Infringement

from the three-strikes dept

YouTube’s ContentID system gets mocked quite frequently for bogus takedowns, which happen with unfortunate frequency. The latest, as pointed out by YouTube star Total Biscuit is that Blizzard’s own damn YouTube channel for World Championship Series StarCraft, WCSStarCraft, was down for at least 40 minutes earlier today. If you visited the page during that time, you saw the following:

A YouTuber who follows Totalbiscuit, Ryan Wyatt, quickly noted that the company was “working on it”, but it still looks bad — and again raises questions about why YouTube has given in to pressures from copyright holders to do excessive things like shutting down accounts based on accusations and matches, all too often leading to these kinds of results. Yes, the DMCA requires a process for removing accounts of repeat infringers, but that should require them to be actual infringers.

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Companies: blizzard, google, youtube

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PaulT (profile) says:

Re: How To Prevent This

The problem is, YouTube have been pressured into putting in this kind of system to circumvent the DMCA. The people who should be sued have outsourced the enforcement so they collect royalties without any effort and can blame a 3rd party when things inevitably go wrong. They have enough morons who either swallow their lies or paid off by lobbyists that it’s going to be difficult for YouTube whichever path they take – and those responsible won’t face any real comeback.

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