Overhype

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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    Sanguine Dream, 5 Feb 2007 @ 7:34am

    It's funny...

    that big businesses can just yank content without solid proof it was infringing. Sounds kinda **AA-ish.

    If companies expect sites to respect their copyrights then shouldn't they at least have the professional (and legal) courtesy to at least properly identify the videos that are infringing on their copyrights?

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