The Indie Film Illegally Blocked by Sony on YouTube

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Sony Pictures demanded the removal of the CGI short film Sintel from YouTube due to a claim of copyright infringement. One small problem: they don’t actually own anything in the film.

The removal of the film [was] most likely the result of a faulty DMCA take-down request, but it speaks to a bigger and more troubling issue: corporations today have unprecedented control to wipe independent creators off the Internet.

Corporations today can scrub anything from the Internet on a whim without recourse to the creator, and they aren’t held accountable for their actions.

YouTube has since restored the original version, albeit with – predictably – no explanation, apology, or compensation for downtime.

Oh yeah, also, it’s a great short film.

Film by Blender Foundation.
Quoted text via Cartoon Brew.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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