YouTube To McCain: We Don't Play Favorites

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YouTube To McCain: We Don't Play Favorites

Fri Oct 17, 2008 @ 12:46AM PST

By Eriq Gardner

YoutubeRather artfully, YouTube has responded to a request from the John McCain presidential campaign to conduct fair use reviews when served with takedown notices.

"While we agree with you that the U.S. presidential election-related content is invaluable and worthy of the highest level of protection, there is a lot of other content on our global site that our users around the world find to be equally important, including, by way of example only, political campaigns from around the globe at all levels of government, human rights movements, and other important voices. We try to be careful not to favor one category of content on our site over others, and to treat all of our users fairly, regardless of whether they are an individual, a large corporation or a candidate for public office.

The real problem here is individuals and entities that abuse the DMCA takedown process....

We look forward to working with Senator (or President) McCain on ways to combat abuse of the DMCA takedown process on YouTube, including by way of example, strengthening the fair use doctrine...

No surprise that YouTube is jumping on a potential opportunity to re-examine the DMCA.

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