25 April 2012

Bulgarian TV Station Accused Of Censorship

Some two weeks ago, bTV which is held to be the largest TV station in Bulgaria, broke with Global Vision, the producer of one of bTV’s most successful shows called Gospodari Na Efira (Masters of the Airwaves in English).

At breakup

Global Vision gave a press conference

in which they alleged that bTV attempted to censor the show they have been producing.

A copy of the press conference’s broadcast was uploaded onto YouTube and remained accessible – according to statuses of Facebook users – until it was taken down today.

The awkward thing

is that not only did YouTube take down the video, but they also terminated the account of the user who had previously uploaded it.

The image I have put on the top of that blog post evidences of what I am telling you.

As you can see, YouTube reasons the take-down and termination with multiple third-party notifications of

copyright infringement

obviously filed by the bTV Media Group.

That is really awkward. No, it is rather disappointing.

It is so obvious that

bTV are abusing their copyright

if any, in order to gag the guys from Global Vision and the user’s freedom of expression.

YouTube’s “Sorry about that.” underneath the notice does not make good the damage.

I would be glad to support the user, whose account has been unlawfully terminated, in filing a counter-notice and restoring both, the accessibility to the video and his subscription to YouTube’s service.

Comments (4)

  1. 25 April 2012
    Grandmother said...

    bTV probably pushed a little bit too far, after all this was a public press conference and all… but IMO they maybe could base their claim to put down the video on the fact that they were accused without actual proof, which means Global Vision just tried to tar the TV’s reputation (which is questionnable lately anyway). The whole case is not clear at all and I doubt anyone will know the truth except for the people involved, and each of them has their own version.

    • 25 April 2012
      Emil A. Georgiev said...

      Thank you, Grandmother, for this insightful comment.

      While I tend to disagree that bTV would be able to make a strong case based on, say, disparaging, I share your opinion that the circumstances behind will very likely remain undisclosed.

  2. 4 May 2012
    Paola said...

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