YouTube was a bit keen in the prosecution of copyright laws during NASA’s victorious Curiosity rover landing yesterday morning, booting the first video excerpt of the livestream off its site for infringing a news service.
NASA’s video coverage and pics are actually generally copyright-free, which made the overzealous bot takedown even more ironic as it pulled the video from the space agency’s channel for infringing on the rights of Scripps Local News.
Bob Jacobs, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for communications, said that claims like this one happen every month, often with particularly popular videos.
“Everything from imagery to music gets flagged,” he said. “We’ve been working with YouTube in a an effort to stop the automatic disabling of videos. So far, it hasn’t helped much.”
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