Last month I reported that Comcast was giving me grief about how I posted a clip from E!'s show The Soup where they used MY commercial from the school board campaign in 2006... without asking me, but I was fine with that. I just expected the same courtesy from E! and its ownership that I have given them. That's not too much to ask, in my mind.
And of course, this whole thing is too much like that crazy situation with Viacom a little over two years ago. And just as I did with Viacom then I filed a counterclaim with YouTube, per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
A short while ago I received the following e-mail from YouTube:
Re: [#561937480] YouTube SupportSo for the third time now (first Viacom, then NBC which quickly acquiesced and retracted their claim against me for posting a clip of The Jay Leno Show that also used my commercial, and now with Comcast) my filing the DMCA counterclaim has been successful. And that's why I'm compelled again to discuss this. Because if an independent content producer like me can take on three multi-billion dollar corporations over DMCA abuse and win each time, then any small-time content producer can do likewise and come out on top.
Copyright Service to me
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we've completed
processing your counter-notification regarding your video:
This content has been restored and your account will not be penalized.
The YouTube Team
None of us are without some pretty potent weapons. We just have to know how to use them... and use them properly.
So here it is again: E! Television's The Soup featuring my school board campaign commercial :-)
Glad that this got resolved. And I hope that it never has to happen again!