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Youtube Takes Down McCain Video After Receiving DCMA Notices

The Republican US presidential candidate John McCain has alleged YouTube of responding too hastily to the copyright violation notices served on them and removing his campaign videos from its site.

In a three-page letter sent to YouTube’s parent company Google, McCain has urged the company to take a full legal review of the takedown notices on his videos sent by the accounts controlled by other political candidates and campaigns.

While McCain campaign videos use footages from news broadcasts, the campaign purported that the videos so created are well in line with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) norms, as these are used entirely for non-commercial purposes.

However YouTube’s general counsel, Zahavah Levine rejected the McCain campaign’s plea by saying that her site wouldn’t favour any category of content over the other, and it would treat all its users at the same level, irrespective of their socio-economic status.

Earlier, in order to comply with the DMCA norms, YouTube had removed McCain campaign videos after receiving takedown notices from the original content owners.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.