Political Candidate Continues To Abuse YouTube's Copyright System To Silence Criticism

from the censorship dept

Earlier this month, we wrote about Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain running for office in Colorado on the "gay people are icky" ticket (paraphrased), who had been abusing YouTube's copyright takedown system to kill the account of Right Wing Watch, a group that was critical of Klingenschmitt (known as "Dr. Chaps") and was highlighting some of his nuttier comments. Earlier this week, YouTube restored Right Wing Watch's account, after realizing that he was clearly using their copyright takedown system to stifle criticism, not for any legitimate copyright purpose.

How did Dr. Chaps respond? He immediately filed yet another bogus copyright claim with YouTube, getting their account taken offline again. At this point, some of the blame has to be place on YouTube for not realizing that Chaps is filing completely bogus DMCA notices to censor RWW. Given that they had just restored the account, they must have noticed that there were bogus claims being filed on the account from Klingenschmitt. So it's bizarre that they'd immediately accept his latest takedown and kill RWW's account yet again.

Along those lines, RWW has set up a petition, asking YouTube's legal team to change its takedown policy to flag serial abusers to prevent this sort of thing. Of course, it might also be nice if YouTube went even further, and potentially looked at legal remedies. Given that YouTube has its own copyright takedown system that goes above and beyond the DMCA, it's not clear if the takedowns here were done via DMCA notices. But, if they were, then Google could take a page from Automattic and file a lawsuit against Klingenschmitt for materially misrepresenting information in a DMCA takedown notice.

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    That One Guy (profile), 22 Nov 2013 @ 6:08am

    Oh youtube...

    If you want to convince people that you actually review takedown notices, and don't just automate them, stuff like this is really to be avoided.

    Seriously, right after YT reinstates the account, after realizing the claims were bogus and entirely designed to silence someone, the same gorram fraudulent copyright claims are made and the account is taken down again? That's not even pretending to be paying attention.

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