This is a screenshot of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CV8Xt2VWvc. Notice anything odd about it?
Techdirt tried and failed to find out from Youtube and the DHS why the US government is now in the business of censoring copyright infringement on Youtube on national security grounds. Since we cannot see the video, it is difficult to comment on it. However, the best information is that this is just a routine case of copyright infringement, and that there are no larger issues of national security or government secrecy at stake.
If this is true, there can only be two real possibilities here:
- (Putting on tinfoil hat) There is a conspiracy by the US government to keep videos critical of President Obama off of Youtube during this election season.
- (Taking off tinfoil hat) Someone at the DHS has totally overstepped his or her bounds and is running amok on the Internet, working to keep videos critical of President Obama off of Youtube during this election season.
Either way, what business does–or should–the US Department of Homeland Security have in issuing takedown notices on Youtube? Any work done by the US government or US government officials is properly in the public domain, so the US government has no copyrights that can be infringed upon. The DHS is thus involved in this to protect the copyrights of a third-party–presumably CBS. This does not seem to be a valid job for the DHS. Isn’t it supposed to be protecting us from terrorists? Or, is copyright infringement on Youtube now an act of terrorism?