As my colleague Greg Sandoval reported late yesterday, YouTube has been sued for copyright infringement.
Complaintant Robert Tur has alleged that 1992 footage he took of the beating of trucker Reginald Denny in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots has been viewed for free over 1,000 times on YouTube, costing Tur potential income from selling the footage he believes he has a right to offer.
Although YouTube denied that they facilitate infringement, they pulled the video anyway.
Uh-oh, wrong move, YT.
Just the fact that you yanked the clip will make litigious copyright lawyers everywhere sit up and take notice.
Something about copyright lawyers. When they see even a bit of a chance about striking back against a hot target, they are going to do this.
Something about lawyers- not only copyright lawyers. A lot of them are in co-dependent relationships with their clients. There are a lot of clients - who for some reason informed of their own lack of quality or lack of industry connections are more than frustrated that they haven't been able to make the money out of video they think is rightfully theirs.
If any of these ego-fueled clients see even one YouTube video with their stuff on it - however briefly, they are going to demand their attorneys ask YouTube for reparations based on the Digital Millennium Copywrong Act.
And when YouTube justifiably refuses, here come the suits with the lawsuits.
Not only that, but the more suits that are filed, the more self-generating the legal action will be.
YouTube, as a hot entity you make an inviting target. Better hire some more lawyers.