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McCain-Palin get DMCA'd!

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Lifer
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/...son-text-scandalmccain

McCain and Palin latest DMCA take-down victims
Happens to everyone

US PRESIDENTIAL hopeful John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin are getting treated to a lesson about how the DMCA is being used to make criminals out of ordinary people.

Yesterday their campaign HQ penned an angry letter to Youtube complaining about rights holders, especially news organisations, that filed illegitimate DMCA takedown notices and managed to have important campaign clips pulled at crucial times

The letter said that the online campaign was being hamstrung by " overreaching copyright claims".


Some news organisations which wanted the clips taken off are probably in the wrong because they contained "fewer than ten seconds of footage from news broadcasts in campaign ads or videos, as a basis for commentary on the issues presented in the news reports."

The McCain/Palin campaign said that these clips were fair use but they were pulled anyway as per Youtube's policy.

While the campaign can file a counternotice this all takes time and having crucial attack videos down for days at a time is apparently hurting the campaign.

McCain has called for Youtube to get proactive in these cases and do a manual review.

But it is somewhat amusing that US politicians bend over and do what rabid backers of DMCA takedown notices, such as the music and film industry, tell them to do. For years US politicians have watched as mothers filming their toddlers have been subjected to DMCA notices and they have done sod all. However once they are on the receiving end of their own subservience and their campaigns are threatened they don't like it and start screaming about fair use.




Ah the irony, the irony!
I have to wonder if McCain will even understand this, given his ignorance of computers.
 

palehorse

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McCain and Palin are on the correct side of the issue in this case. Perhaps their example will be the first step in stopping the frivolous take-down notices for everyone.

Perhaps you're too busy fluffing Obama and attacking "the R's" to realize that this case actually presents an opportunity that may eventually benefit everyone...
 

Robor

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Originally posted by: palehorse
McCain and Palin are on the correct side of the issue in this case. Perhaps their example will be the first step in stopping the frivolous take-down notices for everyone.

Perhaps you're too busy fluffing Obama and attacking "the R's" to realize that this case actually presents an opportunity that may eventually benefit everyone...
There's 2 sides to every issue. I don't like the DMCA but if the material is being taken out of context or edited to deliberately misrepresent the intended message the creator has every right to have it removed.
 

palehorse

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Dec 21, 2005
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Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: palehorse
McCain and Palin are on the correct side of the issue in this case. Perhaps their example will be the first step in stopping the frivolous take-down notices for everyone.

Perhaps you're too busy fluffing Obama and attacking "the R's" to realize that this case actually presents an opportunity that may eventually benefit everyone...
There's 2 sides to every issue. I don't like the DMCA but if the material is being taken out of context or edited to deliberately misrepresent the intended message the creator has every right to have it removed.
AFAIK, the notices are claiming nothing more than standard copyright infringement -- even though many of the clips fall under 15 seconds, which is normally considered fair use of the footage (ie. same news are clips used freely by SNL, Daily Show, Talk Soup, etc.)

I could be wrong...
 

frostedflakes

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The system definitely needs some reform. Not only in terms of permitting use of copyrighted video that falls under fair use, but also preventing bogus takedowns intended to stifle free speech (for example, the Church of Scientology using DMCA to get negative videos or websites removed from YouTube and Google's search index).
 

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