Post Tagged with: "notice and takedown"

Warner Music Issues Takedown on Lessig Presentation

Techdirt reports that Warner Music sent a DMCA notice-and-takedown demand to YouTube over a Larry Lessig presentation.

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April 29, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canada Post Plays Grinch in Takedown Fight

Late last year, Canada Post and the Public Service Alliance of Canada became embroiled in a heated strike action over sick pay benefits. In the midst of the dispute, several PSAC members took direct aim at Canada Post CEO Moya Greene, recording a short parody video titled "The Greench." The video, which was posted on YouTube, adapted the well-known Dr. Seuss tune "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" to criticize Greene and the company. While the creation of a protest video is not particularly noteworthy, what followed soon after is.  Just as the video began to attract some attention, YouTube removed it after receiving a complaint from Canada Post alleging that the video violated the company’s copyright.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that the case highlights a common occurrence under U.S. law, which allows copyright owners to file complaints with web hosts such as YouTube if they believe that the site is hosting infringing content. Under the law, the web host avoids liability if it immediately removes the content.  No court or independent third party reviews the infringement claim since nothing more than a complaint that meets certain criteria is needed.  The statutory requirements include providing a statement that the complainant has a "good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of its not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law."

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January 26, 2009 6 comments Columns

YouTube Cuts Off Video Essayist Following Copyright Complaints

YouTube has cut off Keven B. Lee, a video essayist, following the receipt of three copyright warnings.  While many of the video essays included scenes from the original movies, hundreds of hours of work went into the creation of the essays which include considerable original work.  As Matt Zoller Seitz […]

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January 14, 2009 3 comments News

Why Notice-and-Notice Should Be Part of the Canadian DMCA

One of the few good points in the expected Canadian DMCA is likely to be Industry Minister Jim Prentice's decision to stick with a notice-and-notice approach for ISP liability.  I've described the system here.  This is the same approach that was proposed in Bill C-60 and has been used on […]

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June 6, 2008 6 comments News

CBC Demands Takedown of Net Libel Story Video

A commenter notes that the CBC has demanded that YouTube remove the video of its excellent story on Internet libel.  The CBC is obviously within its rights to do so, yet it seems so unnecessary given that there was several weeks of work by the reporter, hours of time volunteered […]

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September 3, 2007 7 comments Must Reads