Wrongly Accused

So today marks the second time in a few months that I got an email from YouTube accusing me of DMCA copyright infringement. Both were for our show, The Daily Vlog. This is a daily 5-minute vlog of uncut conversation from our office. We talk about our day, try to be funny, whatever. We do it 5 times a week, and have about 100, 150 episodes. Most are on YouTube, which I guess is a big enough number that we have two mistakenly tripped some sort of automatic copyright-finding bot that scours YouTube.

The first time it was the episode from August 1, entitled “Favorite Cancelled TV Shows” and the accuser was Comedy Central. I think we actually might mention a show from Comedy Central in our conversation, but I don’t see how mentioning a show is copyright infringement. Today is was an episode from November 11, entitled “Manic Monday” and it was Universal Music Group that got upset. I guess their bot tripped over the name of the episode, and they didn’t even bother to check it before accusing us of a crime. It is just us talking about our day, no mention of the song “Manic Monday” and certainly no playing of the song.
YouTube, of course, acts by taking the video down immediately. They don’t check either. They give confusing instructions about how to respond (mail or email?, what constitutes an “electronic signature”?). In the case of the August 1 episode, I never heard back from my email.

We’ve got so many episodes up there, and these are so old, that I don’t really feel like making a federal case out of this (though they already have, I guess). But it still bothers me to be accused of such a crime. And to be guilty until I prove myself innocent.

Posted on February 1, 2007 at 8:31 am by Gary Rosenzweig · Permalink
In: General

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  1. Written by James L
    on 2/1/2007 at 10:17 am

    Unfortunately, I can see this type of behavior continuing until laws are passed to control the current flow of info on the web. And even though I hate the idea of the government placing websites/blogs/forum posts on trial just as much as the next guy, I hate the idea that businesses controlling it. At least with gov, citizens can vote people in who’ll represent their interests and can be held accountable to all users, rather than a corp who’s only thought is making money and protecting the interests of a very small group of people.

  2. Written by atom
    on 2/1/2007 at 5:29 pm

    If youtube are being that rude, why not move to something like revver(.com), where you possibly make some money from it (if people can be bothered to click the advert embedded at the end). On a tech note, it’s a pretty clever bot that can scan audio conversation and pull out copyrighted names, kinda scary if u think about it.

  3. Written by Gary
    on 2/1/2007 at 5:32 pm

    atom: Funny you should pick revver. The Daily Vlog IS on Revver too. No real money to be made, though. YouTube just has a huge audience in comparison. A much better chance of someone finding and watching us there. We are considering moving to Blip.TV though. I’m evaluating it now.

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