A fifteen year old Australian boy is apologizing after he sent YouTube a takedown request, falsely saying that he represented the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. YouTube received the request and obeyed without even looking into it further!
The request was for clips of “The Chaser’s War on Everything” which ironically is a satirical comedy show. Not only did YouTube remove the clips, they also went one step further and sent warnings to the accounts of those who uploaded them.
One one hand, this shows that YouTube is serious about removing questionable copyrighted content. On the other hand, you’d think they’d take the time to look into these requests to make sure that they’re valid.
ABC’s lawyers contacted the boy, and of course he’s apologizing for impersonating an ABC employee. You can bet YouTube will take the time to confirm takedown requests in the future!