Okay, so it's not ENTIRELY the authors own content. But anyway...
Christoper Knight decided to run for a seat on the Rockingham County Board of Education. As part of his campaign he produced a pretty cheesy (although amusing) video that ran on one of his local TV stations. In addition to putting the video on WGSR TV, he also put a copy of it up on YouTube for inclusion in his blog.
VH1 saw the video and decided to feature it on a show called "Web Junk 2.0". Chrisopher saw the piece and decided to take a clip of the show that featured his video and put THAT up on YouTube as well.
During this entire process, neither Viacom nor VH1 contacted Christopher to obtain the right to use the video. According to his blog, he didn't seem too upset about it though. So how does Viacom pay him back for using his video on their show? They issue a DMCA takedown notice to YouTube and has them remove the clip of THEIR show in which they are featuring HIS video!
Some comments on his blog suggest that he should take the VH1 video and post it back up on YouTube but this time add some commentary so he can claim the same "fair use" rights that Viacom apparently felt it was entitled to when using his video in the first place.
Don't you hate these media tyrants more and more every day?
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