The International Olympic Committee has issued a takedown notice to YouTube over a video that features protestors projecting free Tibet propaganda on the walls of the Chinese consulate in New York City. It's a clear abuse of copyright law. According to the takedown notice from YouTube, the IOC found the video through the "Claim Your Content" system that makes it easy to issue infringement claims.However, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the law which sets up a process for notifying sites like YouTube of copyright infringements, issuing a counternotice is not so simple. YouTube requires the notice must be submitted by mail. The IOC is officially liable to both the creator of the video and to YouTube for legal fees and other costs related to improper copyright claims, but I doubt Google would risk their rights to broadcast Olympic highlights to Rwandans by holding the IOC accountable.
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