Government copyright blunder reports that the British Governments super-techie decision to use YouTube to disseminate public information videos has hit an obstacle – its own copyright. Searching for the video, named Transformational Government, on YouTube reveals the following legend

This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner COI Television because its content was used without permission

The COI is part of the Cabinet Office, the body responsible for posting the video on YouTube in the first place.

The IPKat says that this does sound a little funny, but if the COI is an independent or quasi-independent body, then COI as copyright owner can object (but then why didn’t the Cabinet Office insist on an assignment of copyright?). The more interesting question is why it objected.


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GOVERNMENT COPYRIGHT; ATRIPING GOVERNMENT COPYRIGHT; ATRIPING Reviewed by Unknown on Thursday, August 31, 2006 Rating: 5

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't the video fall under the protection of Crown Copyright? In which case, their objection would even dafter...?

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