by Mike Masnick

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censorship, crash, daytona, dmca, nascar, takedowns

google, nascar, youtube

NASCAR Abuses DMCA To Try To Delete Fan Videos Of Daytona Crash

from the that's-now-how-copyright-works dept

Joseph M. Durnal was the first of a whole bunch of you to send in a version of this story showing how NASCAR abused copyright to take down some videos. You may have heard that there was a big NASCAR crash at Daytona that sent debris flying into the stands. Well, a video from those same stands, which shows a wheel lying in the seats next to someone injured, was deleted from YouTube via NASCAR claiming copyright on it and issuing a takedown. Obviously, that's a bogus claim, because the copyright would belong to the guy who filmed it.

As the press started calling, NASCAR gave what might seem like a perfectly reasonable response:
The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today’s accident. Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident.—Steve Phelps, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Sounds great, except it's totally bogus. NASCAR may well be concerned about those injured by the crash, but that does not give them the right to automatically remove someone else's video, nor does it allow them to abuse the DMCA takedown process for that purpose. The DMCA only applies to copyright.

Of course, once again, we're seeing how when our laws make it easy to censor via copyright claims, many people seek to do exactly that. Thankfully, all of the attention on the takedown has resulted in YouTube doing what appears to have been an expedited review, and have put the video back:

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    Wally (profile), 25 Feb 2013 @ 8:50am

    Re: Re: At last you've gotten to the concept of what belongs to others:

    "By the way, I DO NOT SUPPORT notions of "terms of entry" or whatever printed on a ticket: it's a public accomodation like any other business, you don't lose or give away rights merely by entering, there's NO contract beyond the terms of common law as in all other venues and times."

    The Ohio State University Marching Band had a video game review during a half-time show on September 8, 2012...filmed by hundreds of fans who posted it on youtube...not one of them were asked to take down the videos.......They bought standard tickets as those would in the NASCAR Stands would....and yes, the Ohio State University does in fact have press tickets....there are hundreds of videos on YouTube of the event.

    "NASCAR is a corporation with the monopoly on car racing, trying to exercise power here, that's all, and we need to quit letting corporations dictate "terms"."

    NASCAR is not the only auto racing industry in the US. There are several other specialized Auto Racing industries such an NGTA (National Grand Touring Association)and Formula 1 Kart Racing to name a couple.

    Now as far as corporate aspects...there was never any to deal with in the first place. The issue is purely copyright and DMCA abuse. There are many other journalists who had an issue with the same event. Mike Mansick is in fact writing about how they had no right to even issue a take-down notice. The focus is not narrowed it is rooted in the subject of copyright...I am no journalist myself but I can see that it is a copyright issue from the morning news paper I got......

    The creator of the content was not in fact a NASCAR official but a fan, and had their footage taken down upon request via Google's completely flawed automatic take-down policy upon DMCA take-down requests.

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