by Mike Masnick
Fri, Feb 12th 2010 4:06pm
As you probably heard today, just as reports warning about the luge track at the Olympics were coming out, a Georgian luger crashed and died while on a training run. It's a horrible situation all around, but it looks like the International Olympic Committee is trying to stifle the whole thing by using copyright claims to take down videos on YouTube, saying that only those who paid for broadcast rights can show the video. Now, this could be part of a pre-arranged effort by the Olympics to try to stop any Olympics videos from hitting YouTube, but it shows the problem with such a blanket policy. In discussing news like this -- no matter how horrific -- it seems you could make a good case for fair use, but that's not even being allowed here, as the videos are getting taken down very quickly. And, even if the Olympic Committee thinks that it's about "protecting" its copyright, it certainly feels like it's trying to suppress the news of the crash and death.
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