YouTube's Itchy Trigger Finger Pulls Down Perfectly Legitimate Video
from the gee,-wonder-why dept
With all of the attention YouTube/Google has been getting lately over the problems of unauthorized videos on their site, it's perhaps no surprise that the company has a bit of an itchy trigger finger in pulling videos down. But, it appears that sometimes that trigger finger is a bit too itchy. Earlier this week, we had a story about the future of the CD business, where we linked to a video interview that JD Lasica did with Russ Solomon, founder of Tower Records. Lasica apparently uploaded the video himself to YouTube, but discovered that the company pulled it down after an hour or two for no clear reason. The only thought that Lasica has is that there was a 15 second song clip that went along with the credits at the end. Except... Lasica got the song from a site that promotes music with Creative Commons licenses, and says you can use the song, as long as it's credited, which it was. So, it was his own video with legally licensed music, and yet YouTube pulled it. You have to have some sympathy for the position YouTube is in, with all the complaints and threats, but if they keep pulling perfectly legitimate videos, people are going to start going to the competition pretty quickly. That's why, for all the talk about how YouTube needs better copyright controls, the more they do, the more likely that the questionable content will just start showing up on other sites that are a bit friendlier.