A decade ago, John McCain, senator from Arizona, voted for passage of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
These days, John McCain, Republican presidential candidate, is feeling its sting. That’s because the DMCA is heavily weighted in favor of content rights holders, often at the expense of everyday content users – like the McCain campaign.
As Wired’s Threat Level blog reports, YouTube has turned down a request from McCain’s people to take a closer look at fair use issues before yanking their videos at the request of DMCA take-down notices. From Wired:
The McCain campaign on Monday fired off a letter to YouTube complaining that the company had acted too quickly to take down McCain’s videos in response to copyright infringement notices. McCain campaign general counsel Trevor Potter argued that several of the removed ads, which had used excerpts of television footage, fall under the four-factor doctrine of fair-use, and shouldn’t have been removed.
But citing the DMCA, a controversial copyright law that McCain voted to approve a decade ago, Levine pointed out that YouTube risks being sued itself if it doesn’t respond promptly to takedown notices.
By way of example, Cnet reports that YouTube has taken down McCain videos at the request of CBS and Fox because they included clips from on-air interviews.