[NetBehaviour] Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Sep 9 13:14:50 CEST 2008
Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube.
News Update by Eva Galperin
Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday
morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown
notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against
videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology. Clips
included footage of Australian and German news reports about
Scientology, A Message to Anonymous/Scientology , and footage from a
Clearwater City Commission meeting. Many accounts were suspended by
YouTube in response to multiple allegations of copyright infringement.
YouTube users responded with DMCA counter-notices. At this time, many of
the suspended channels have been reinstated and many of the videos are
back up. Whether or not American Rights Counsel, LLC represents the
notoriously litigious Church of Scientology is unclear, but this would
not be the first time that the Church of Scientology has used the DMCA
to silence Scientology critics. The Church of Scientology DMCA
complaints shut down the YouTube channel of critic Mark Bunker in June,
2008. Bunker's account, XenuTV, was also among the channels shut down in
this latest flurry of takedown notices.
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