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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    the only adult in the house, 5 Feb 2007 @ 5:34pm

    are you all ignorant children?

    Did you people read the original posting? There is recourse. All the person had to do was to swear they have rights to the content under penalty of perjury (something they should not be afraid to do if they own the content).

    The DMCA appears to be a little heavy handed. However, this problem wouldn't have occurred if YouTube did not encourage the expropriation of Viacom's property so that YouTube/Google could profit. The real battle here is between two giant companies, Viacom and Google. Viacom trying to defend its property rights and Google trying to violate them for massive profit.

    The little guy who claims to be damaged when his video is taken down from YouTube is making a bogus claim. The little guy whose choses to upload his video to a free service engaged in massive property-right violations should not be surprised that he gets what he pays for.

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