Jul 6, 2021

Can this US officer Shake it Off?

A video has been posted to YouTube on 1 July showing a US police officer attempting to use Taylor Swift’s hit song Blank Space to prevent Anti Police Terror Project (APTP) members from uploading a recording of him to YouTube.

Video Sharing platforms such as YouTube use a number of copyright management tools to prevent infringing copyright material being uploaded to its platform. YouTube uses a system called Content ID. This system scans all videos uploaded to the platform against a database of files that have been uploaded to the platform by the copyright owner. This then allows the copyright owner to block, monetise or track the content. We have previously reported on the a number of Black Lives Matter protest videos being removed from social media platforms due to the videos playing music in the background. The removal of these activist videos has seen researchers suggest that law enforcement or anyone wanting to prevent a video from being uploaded to sharing platforms, need only to play music which is protected by copyright in the background without the copyright owners consent.

However, this has not been the case for this US officer who attempted to use this approach when APTP activists filmed him outside a court house in Oakland, California. The officer even stated “You can record all you want, I just know it can’t be posted to YouTube”. This officer was wrong, as it appears the video has slipped through the net and is available on YouTube with over 180,000 views.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright, EU/International, Legal News

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