Viacom recently requested that YouTube remove more than 100,000 video clips that they claim infringe on their content.
Unfortunately, when you spread that wide of a net, a lot of dolphins get caught with the tuna. Among the 100,000 videos targeted for takedowns was a home movie shot in a BBQ joint, a film trailer by a documentarian, and a music video (previously here) about karaoke in Singapore. None of these contained anything owned by Viacom. Viacom has admitted to “no more than” 60 mistakes so far.
“If they are making these kinds of mistakes, who can tell how many fair uses of Viacom content they also targeted in their 100,000 takedowns?” asks EFF’s Fred von Lohmann. “Hundreds? Thousands?”
If your video has been removed from YouTube based on a bogus Viacom takedown, EFF wants talk with you – they may be able to help you directly or help find another lawyer who can.
EFF has created a video to explain the situation: