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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    ScytheNoire, 6 Feb 2007 @ 2:30am

    use the DMCA against Viacom

    sue Viacom to infringing on your copyrighted material under the DMCA. they have damaged your digital intellectual property, and therefore, have caused you undo problems, along with harrassement.

    i think the public needs to start finding ways to use the DMCA against corporations, and then see how quickly they freak out about it.

    to me though, this does sound like Viacom violated a lot of peoples digital copyright. it would be like NBC somehow ordering the takedown of CBS shows on YouTube or knocking CBS off the air or cable channels.
    well, that does happen in Canada... under screwed up Canadian law that allows a network to over-right another networks programming.

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