Last night I noticed that the parody video we made filmed back on Saturday 26th March, CACI & The Irish Census, has been removed from YouTube.
“This video is no longer available due to a trademark claim by a third party.
Sorry about that.”
was at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXHSJyrhoS0
An interesting post on the YouTube blog recently puts forward the question of Fair Use and reading through the comments on the post gives the impression that YouTube are not really up for explaining their inconsistent stance on intellectual property. This thread on the YouTube forum backs this up.
I wonder what this trademark infringement was all about? YouTube certainly hasn’t informed me, they give me no indication and no email was sent by them. I’ve got (a) copyright infringement notice(s) before, addressed to two different YouTube accounts for the same video, but that’s another story. In this case, some body, most likely representing a corporate body, has filed an infringement case against me. While being part of the intellectual property bubble, trademark is something different than copyright.
Wrongful or groundless threats of infringement
see here (and the bit above about Fair Use about comparative advertising)
The following screengrab is the first page a trademark owner would see if they are making a complaint based on the content of a users videos (this is separate to the process of an infringing username, for example YouTube404 !). In red it gives the impression I, the alleged infringer, would know more about the nature of this allegation and who it is that alleges this.
I have been putting together another story with Storify in the background (The Net Protest), about the crossover of copyright and censorship, which I haven’t got around to publishing yet. The realms of intellectual property are where I have a lot of vested interest but not in the same way that “experts” advice governments and shape policy. My interest is in the areas of open media and human rights. I will comment more on this in that upcoming post, but in the meantime I welcome your comments on this development in the census story.