Collateral Damage: Viacom's YouTube Takedowns Include Personal Home Videos

from the whoops dept

We've covered Viacom's demand that YouTube takedown approximately 100,000 clips based on copyright violations, but how did they come up with those 100,000 videos. Not too carefully, it appears. Reports are starting to show up of people with perfectly legitimate videos getting caught in the crossfire. One person found that his 30 second home video of some friends at dinner was yanked offline at Viacom's request. Not even the name of the video would confuse people into associating it with a Viacom property -- but, thanks to the DMCA, YouTube immediately took the video down. While the guy can now reply and show that the takedown was a mistake, but it still seems a bit unfair that Viacom can just yank anyone's video offline that quickly.
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  1. identicon
    Brad Eleven, 5 Feb 2007 @ 10:20am

    Re: hrmm....

    Interesting point. Nice argument.

    Real world: My video got yanked in this pogrom. My response? Fuck it. Not worth my time.

    See also the unwillingness of citizens to protest heinous actions by their governments, right up until their own lives/livelihoods are threatened. There was plenty of writing about the American Revolution, with no action. Once the East India Tea Company started undercutting the colonists b/c the Crown exempted them from tariffs, etc., THEN the revolt began.

    Ideology doesn't drive the revolution.

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