Okay, seriously, what in the blue hell is this? So, since the DMCA isn’t broad enough to let them take down stuff they don’t have the rights to, they just struck up a secret agreement to let them take down what they want?
…the takedown was sent “pursuant to the UMG-YouTube agreement,” which gives UMG “the right to block or remove user-posted videos through YouTube’s CMS based on a number of contractually specified criteria.”
…This arrest has once again raised questions about the seizure of domains operated by those that are accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement related crimes. Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have rightfully questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.
Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first. The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number of URLs that its adversary, the locker site Hotfile, says were obviously not Warner Brothers’ content.