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
    |333173|3|_||3, 5 Feb 2007 @ 8:45pm

    Statutory Declaration, on a papaer form.

    If you produced a standardised form and published it on your website, which when filled out and signed became a staturory declaration that you owned the video, but was a locked-down PDF so they have to print it out and fill it in by hand using those little squares so that you can just OCR it in again, to bring up the video to check it and delete if necessary would simplify matters greatly. IT would reduce the number of frivolous takedown notices by making it a pain to fill them out, but mean that one or two could easily be filled out by a small creator. The other things which could save time are to either make the users assert the rights to the file when uploading or to email them immediately, before taking down the file. Then YT can have thir system wait unlil a specified time (the time limit on the notice) to delete the video if no response occurs.

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