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YouTube Copyright: Take It Down Or Else

by | 5th, May 2007

WANT a video taken down from the YouTube site? The YouTube owners are suddenly twitchy about copyright infringements. Are they over-reacting?

This from a spotter

“Want a video removed from YouTueb? Send along a fake takedown notice pretending to be from the copyright holder. At least, it’s a prank that worked for a 15 year old from Perth, Australia, who sent a signed form to YouTube pretending to be from the Australian Broadcasting Company. The form requested the takedown of hundreds of clips from “The Chaser’s War on Everything”.

YouTube not only reacted, but sent warnings to all the uploaders saying their accounts would be deleted if they persisted. As it turns out, the ABC actually encourages the spread of Chasers clips, since they consider the comedy series to be a good promotion for the channel’s content. The ABC statement, from their head of comedy:

Everyone does dumb stuff when they are 15. But what was of concern to us was the fact that YouTube was sending copyright infringement notices to people who have been uploading Chaser clips to YouTube, threatening to shut down their access to YouTube if they persist that’s what was worrying to us.

Posted: 5th, May 2007 | In: Reviews Comment | TrackBack | Permalink