My First YouTube Take-Down Notice

In: YouTube

4 Jul 2009

When I opened my inbox this morning, I was greeted with the following email from YouTube, which in short, was telling me that my video (one from the London Moonwalk Tribute) had been removed and disabled access. The reason was … Copyright Infringement !
Here is the email in full:

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Viacom International Inc. claiming that this material is infringing:

“Last one” Moonwalk Tribute for Michael Jackson at Liverpool Street Station – London 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMS0kDegO4

Please Note: Repeated incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Centre to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

Sincerely,
YouTube, Inc.

I quickly went to my YouTube account and immediately greeted with the following big sign:

YouTube-Takedown-Notice

Checking on the actual video in ‘My Videos’ section, the related video had a status that it has been ‘rejected‘ with a reason of ‘copyright infringement‘ :)

YouTube-Video-Rejected

Ok, so the video ‘does‘ have MJ’s song, after all it is a Tribute for ‘him’, for goodness sake! But I didn’t put the song in the video myself, it was there already, and I just documented it.
So, based on this argument, do you think I would have a chance to file a counter-notice?
Speaking about notice, I have another 3 videos, each with different MJ’s song (as you can watch in my last post) being played in its entirety. I wonder, if they will take these down too. Should I deactivate them before they send the notice, or should I wait?
If anybody got past experience on this, I would appreciate the input. Cheers !

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8 Responses to My First YouTube Take-Down Notice

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Mary

July 18th, 2009 at 20:01

Do you need to sign up an account with youtube in order to download youtube on your blog? I thought you can just copy the embedded code onto your blog.

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Bunker

August 2nd, 2009 at 23:45

Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

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mahadewa

August 12th, 2009 at 10:50

Thanks. No, I'm just a Blogger :)

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mahadewa

August 12th, 2009 at 10:50

Yes, you can just embed the code.

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Jim

September 11th, 2009 at 02:06

I would recommend that you take them down…. This happened to me.
My account was deleted; I think they give you three strikes (violations)
They took mine down in one day… because of three videos I uploaded. :(

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Phil

October 11th, 2009 at 10:39

That's weird, because one of my videos features Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes & Black Eyed Peas (Google "James & Ola Samba"). I just got an email saying that my video "may have content that is owned or licensed by UMG" and that I didn't need to do anything, but the video is still up and the soundtrack hasn't been swapped! Do they give you an option to appeal? I was given one if I thought I owned copyright!

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Chris Prakoso

October 16th, 2009 at 20:12

Yes, they gave me choice to appeal, but they still took the video down.

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Chris Prakoso

October 16th, 2009 at 20:12

They already took it down bythemselves (or do you mean I should delete it?).

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