YouTube: Three Frivolous Copyright Complaints and You’re Out!

So it has now been more than a week since my “The Daily Vlog” account at YouTube was closed without explanation. It just says “This user account is suspended.” Like I’ve been sent to the principal’s office or something.

I’ve since been in contact with YouTube, and even though they agreed it was a mistake, the account is still closed. I found out only today what the third video was that they received a DCMA take-down notice for. Sure enough it was from Viacom, and sure enough it is as ridiculous as the others.

All three videos taken down were clearly non-infringing, as are all of the videos at “The Daily Vlog”. They are just us sitting at our sofa talking. No music, no clips, no chance to even enter a gray area.

According to a response I got for one of my counter-claims, they have to send the counter-claim to the original party. Now why would Comedy Central, Universal Music or Viacom devote any attention to a counter-claim? I wouldn’t be surprised if I never hear back on this. So the account is liekly permanently closed.

I’ve placed the three videos up at Blip.TV so anyone can see how bad the drag-nets are.

The Daily Vlog, 8/1/06 (Claim made by Comedy Central)

The Daily Vlog, 8/17/06 (Claim made by Viacom)

The Daily Vlog, 11/13/06 (Claim made by Universal Music Publishing Group)

The worst part, of course, if that I am guilty until I they determine I am innocent. And they have no motivation to do that.

Posted on February 21, 2007 at 9:23 am by site admin · Permalink
In: General

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  1. Written by Sam
    on 2/21/2007 at 11:11 am

    You should give a try for your video content, lots of great features.

  2. Written by Court
    on 2/21/2007 at 8:25 pm

    “Has your video been removed from YouTube based on a bogus Viacom takedown? If so, contact –we may be able to help you directly or help find another lawyer who can. In this situation, as in so many others, EFF will work to make sure that copyright claims don’t squelch free speech. ”

  3. Written by kiddo42
    on 3/19/2007 at 10:15 am

    I have never put up a video on YouTube. I have never received any warnings about my account. In fact I haven’t used it for some time and when I did it was to comment, other than that, I just viewed videos. Today I tried to login and got the glaring message my account had been permanently suspended. I’m in a state of shock and disbelief. I’ve written them but doubt I’ll get an answer, but this is effed up!

    I needed to vent. Thank you for the opportunity.

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