On Monday’s episode of Tech News Today, the team discussed the new viral Mega Upload song put on YouTube. The netcast showed a part of the video while discussing the video and has been taken off of YouTube simply for reporting on this video and showing a small clip of it with no audio.
Tom tells us he wasn’t informed of the video’s removal until a fan told him on Twitter, and that the episode was promptly restored when he complained using YouTube’s automated dispute process — but Universal followed up with an official DMCA takedown request on Tuesday morning, and the show is currently down. Tom’s filed YouTube’s corresponding DMCA counter-dispute and the video will go back up in 10 days unless Universal decides to go full-on crazy and actually file a lawsuit, but at this point the damage has been done. As Tom says, “In 10 days a daily news show is worthless, so Universal was able to censor this episode of Tech News Today.”
-Tom Merritt host of Tech News Today and The Verge
Universal doesn’t even have the rights to pull this video down says The Verge,
…The entire dispute between MegaUpload and Universal is about who owns those rights, and MegaUpload’s lawsuit
against Universal is entirely about having the “Mega Song” video pulled from other video sites on false infringement grounds. That Universal decided it was acceptable to go after legitimate news organizations for reporting on the dispute is utterly perplexing — both MegaUpload and Universal look somewhat shady in all of this, but only Universal looks like a floundering bully.
-The Verge Reports
You can watch the MegaUpload Video here… on mega upload.
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