250,000 takedowns per WEEK by Google – more total for all of 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Fight for the Future

Tiffiniy Cheng

Holmes Wilson

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(614) 465-6371

(508) 474-5248

 

May 24, 2012

 

Internet Freedom Group Fight for the Future Responds to Google’s Transparency Report

 

Google’s latest transparency report reveals that copyright holders are taking down over 250,000 URL’s*, more than the total for all of 2009.

 

Even more troubling, these numbers include cases where companies abused copyright to silence legitimate speech: criticism of their products, for example.

 

In 2011, Greenpeace uploaded a video to YouTube criticizing Nestle for its unfriendly environmental practices. Nestle lobbied to have the video removed on grounds of copyright infringement. [source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20000805-36.html]

 

“Copyright law is insanely out of date– it’s even illegal for kids to lip sync pop songs on Youtube.” said Fight for the Future’s Holmes Wilson, “Worse, we know there are many cases where companies have abused copyright law to silence legitimate criticism and political speech.”

 

“Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (MCA) got sued days after his death for a sample he used decades ago,” said Wilson,  “Today’s young artists are more likely to live in fear of copyright law than think they will benefit from it– and these are the people copyright was intended to support.”

 

Examples of copyright holders overstepping their ownership online include cases like Brian Kamer, whose video was taken from YouTube, shown on The Jay Leno Show without his permission, and subsequently removed from YouTube with a copyright claim from Jay Leno’s parent company NBC Universal.

 

Kamer’s open letter to Jay Leno is currently going viral:

 

http://splitsider.com/2012/05/an-open-letter-to-jay-leno-about-stealing-my-video-and-then-getting-it-removed-from-youtube/ 

Vidyut

Vidyut is a blogger on issues of National interest. Staunch advocate of rights, learning and freedoms. @Vidyut 

  1 comment for “250,000 takedowns per WEEK by Google – more total for all of 2009

  1. Kailesh Rajdev
    May 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    No wonder these we called for this – when usage of Turmeric, Tulsi etc was being Patented we should have come to our senses. I hope discovery of Electricity itself is not patented again under some disguise.

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