It appears Viacom hasn’t learned its lesson after its last abuse of the DMCA takedown notice. It’s now targeting a YouTube video that includes a clip of a VH1 show, which includes the unauthorized use of video created by the person who uploaded the YouTube clip.
Confused? This should help:
- Chris Knight creates a funny video as part of his campaign Rockingham County Board of Education.
- Viacom’s VH1 takes the clip from YouTube and uses it in a VH1 segment, without Knight’s permission.
- Knight’s flattered and uploads the VH1 clip to YouTube.
- Viacom accuses Knight of copyright infringement and YouTube takes down the video.
Absurd? It doesn’t get any more ridiculous than that!
Knight is obviously feeling victimized by Viacom…