Major League Soccer Abusing The DMCA To Censor Controversial Clip Of Player Misconduct
from the copyfraud dept
As Levy notes, the controversy around what happened resulted in a widespread discussion among fans about the incident, including comparisons to the recent controversy over racist statements by fans in the UK. It also resulted in a public apology from Clark. And yet, still, MLS took down the video.
Levy reached out to the guy who posted the video and sent a letter on his behalf, pointing out that MLS clearly broke the law in not considering fair use before issuing the takedown. The letter lays out why the 20-second video (from a 2-hour match) was clearly, without a doubt, fair use, and how the takedown violates the clear language of the DMCA. He notes that the guy who uploaded the video is a big MLS fan (as is Levy), and they don't want to burden MLS with a lawsuit, but would like MLS to take the following steps:
- Explain how it made the decision to issue a DMCA takedown notice to YouTube.
- Promptly inform YouTube that it is withdrawing its takedown notice.
- Express regret to Mr. Vega for the takedown notice.
- Put procedures into place to ensure that fair use receives full consideration before any takedown notice is issued.
- Disclose publicly both what procedures have been adopted, and what standards MLS is providing to its representatives to ensure that they give proper consideration to fair use before issuing takedown notices in the future.