Friday, February 09, 2007

Were You Unfairly Caught in Viacom's YouTube Take Down Dragnet?

Since being hit with a legally baseless take down complaint from a media giant, I know how some of these people who got a take down notice from Viacom must feel. Read about the story here at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

I read about this first at, which is one of my favorite sites. This story is from Cory Doctrow, whom I've never met but have read his books. BTW, his book, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom just was translated into Brazilian Portuguese. Since I know that I have 2 readers in Brazil, be sure to check it out!

Here is the YouTube video the EFF made for people who want to watch.

Once again, here is the EFF link for people who want to read.


bacci40 said...

the old media and the corporations just dont get it...and in some sense, im glad they dont.

look what happened to the record industry

instead of jumping on the bandwagon, they have fought and fought, and now find that they cant compete, sales are way down and file sharing remains high.

the tv networks are slowly getting wise, and learning that they still get ratings even when they offer their programs online

infact, cbs and nbc have started using youtube to promote their shows

now eff needs to go after the mlb, who has taken to getting youtube to remove fan made vids using materials taken from different you dont see the entire game, just a clip, usually with music or commentary

1:54 AM  
Interrobang said...

Those bastards took down my favourite Cab Calloway video. I was briefly despondent.

I think the best answer to "look what happened to the record industry" is the question Jello Biafra asked, way back in 1985, in "MTV Get Off the Air": Could it be they put out one too many lousy records?

Case in point, I just discovered this great new band that I likely wouldn't have heard of otherwise -- if they make it big and get on the radio here (not a 100% chance even if they get popular in the US), I wouldn't hear them, because I don't listen to the radio. The only reason I discovered them was because they had videos on YouTube. I'm planning on buying their EP now, which you can buy right off the internet and then download or get a physical copy of the CD. It's cheap, fast, and doesn't make the RIAA any money.

This particular war is over, and Big Media lost.

11:52 AM  
BJ said...

Hey – since you’re a YouTuber, you might want to check this out… There’s a video company that’s recruiting
YouTubers and if they like your stuff, (and they should) they will actually pay you when your video gets a hit.
Here’s their link… It’s about time the people who make
the videos get some of the money instead of it all going to YouTube!

12:57 PM  

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