There’s this thing called “fair use” when using copyrighted materials without permission. So, for example, if a video clip is used, and the intent is review, report or criticise current events, then (according to guidelines issued for the UK by the UK government), there is no infringement of copyright.
Seems the BBC couldn’t give a flying hoot about fair use, and in a move that can only be described as “suspect” by anyone desperate to avoid the term “chilling”, they’ve had the entire youtube channels of “Wings Over Scotland” and other pro-independence channels shut down. As Stuart Campbell (Wings Over Scotland) describes it, efforts to reinstate the channel run into a “Kafka-esque loop with no escape”.
Funnily enough, the channels affected are all pro independence channels, giving rise to claims that the BBC, a paragon of impartiality according to some, is executing action that’s politically motivated. I know, I know…who’d have thunk it, right?
Also, it seems there is no avenue of challenge for those channels hit by the BBC claims or Youtube’s decision. And as for relaunching the channel on another platform, well as Stuart Campbell explains in a FAQ below the article on his Wings Over Scotland site –
1. Yes, of course we have the videos backed up. We don’t upload stuff to YouTube then delete it off our hard drive like some sort of Olympic-grade imbeciles. But they’re a fat lot of use to anyone sitting on our hard drive where nobody but us can see them.
2. Yes, we’ve heard of Vimeo. In our experience they’re no less insane about copyright than YouTube are, and in any event reuploading every Wings clip to Vimeo would take approximately a thousand years, then editing every article to link to the new URLs would take another thousand.
3. We’ve got infinite web space. We’d have hosted all the videos ourselves on WordPress years ago as a safeguard against exactly this sort of eventuality, if there was a SINGLE fucking video plugin for WordPress that ACTUALLY WORKED. Seriously, we’ve tried all of them.
Finally. Stuart Campbell writes that he had no notification that any claims of copyright infringement, and no notice of impending termination. Youtube has a three strikes policy, meaning that the BBC’s one complaint covering more than three items for any given channel, means automatic termination for any targeted channel.
Remember the pom-pom brigade cheering on the hullabaloo about “fake news” and what not? Maybe you were, or even are a member of that troupe calling for greater censorship of “unacceptable” new items. And maybe there’s no connection between the creation of that atmosphere or environment and this floppy boot stomp by Auntie Beeb….maybe.