Friday, 4 June 2010

BBC News - Is YouTube's three-strike rule fair to users?

BBC News - Is YouTube's three-strike rule fair to users?:

"'Until I lost 900 videos, I never actually considered there was anything unsafe about trusting a company such as Google to protect my data. After all, who keeps photos in a shoebox anymore?'
Blogger Mark Kobayashi-Hillary has had his YouTube account removed after uploading a video from a gig by British comedian Jimmy Carr.
'As we all sat down I thought I'd capture the build up and rising expectations on my mobile phone video camera,' he said.
'I posted the video [on YouTube] of the audience and told friends on my blog how funny it was.'
Despite the comedian or his work being absent from the video, his management company decided to complain to YouTube's owners Google.
A letter was sent to Mr Kobayashi-Hillary explaining he had breached copyright 'multiple' times and his account was being closed.
Google wrote: 'When we're notified that a particular video uploaded to our site infringes another's copyright, we remove the material as the law requires.'
The company operates a three-strike policy so a user is removed from their site after three complaints by copyright holders."

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