25 April 2012

Bulgarian TV Station Accused Of Censorship


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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.

24 March 2009

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch or the clash between YouTube and Warner Music


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YouTube and its “broadcast yourself” is such a nice thing, isn’t it? One can view and listen to different content, either user generated and implicitly licensed or copyrighted and allegedly infringed, but in any case free of charge.
Many of the readers, however, will know that communicating a work of copyright to the public represents an exclusive right of the author of the work or of the respective copyright holder, such as a record label.

But how many of the users willing to broadcast them selves to the world at large have considered a possible copyright infingement prior to upload their videos showing them singing a Christmas song, providing tips and tricks with regard to a dificult piece of music or even dancing to a song hearable from the background? Appearantly very few…

The New York Times reports on the ongoing disputes between YouTube and Warner Music, meanwhile leading to removals of copyrighted material or to setting said material mute in order not to infringe the copyrights in dispute.

No doubt, Warner have a just cause to protect their rights. Nevertheless they will have a serious issue to deal with, as any omission of theirs to undertake appropriate protective measurements could be interpreted as a weakness. On the other hand Warner are about to disgruntle their customers, for what the customers might respond on a tit-for-tat basis and punish Warner by boycotting their content.

Anyway an interesting case, where the last word has not yet been spoken.