by Mike Masnick

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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    Jaegercat, 5 Feb 2007 @ 8:06pm

    Bogus Claim?

    Why is it a "bogus claim" for the little guy to defend his property, but not when it's Viacom?

    I'm one of the "little guys". An original work that took me five months to create has been picked up, falsely, as the property of Viacom.

    If Youtube had simply removed the video while this was being disputed, I might not have suffered any real damage, but they're displaying a message claiming that this is Viacom's property, not mine. This is clear-cut defamation.

    And the recourse is a lot slower than the original action. I sent the counter-claim back four days ago.

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