Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The American automated censorship regime stikes NASA

One of the insidious things about the U.S.'s censorship regime under the DMCA is that it has ultimately promoted automated self censorship.

For example, Google's YouTube has a system in place that allows copyright owners to automatically censor videos that they themselves deem as infringing on their copyright.  I have talked before about the impossibility of creating a reliable "copyright filter" on a site like YouTube.  Today comes another example of this madness.

Basically, NASA uploaded footage from the Curiousity rover to YouTube, and it was almost immediately taken down via the Scripps news service after they claimed it as their own.

This was done by automated software, which, as I've explained, is doomed to make mistakes like this.  But it is a perfect example of the extreme undesirability of this censorship regime.  Do we need this in America?

It is also yet another example of how expanding fair use would make these kind of searches  much more possible, and therefore less prone to errors like this.

I still cannot think of another decent solution to this problem.

After all, there are no consequences for mistakes like these.

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