ABS-CBN Pulls Down Interviewee’s YouTube Clip. And Her Little Dog, Too.


YouTube just launched a video identification system that gives copyright holders a choice: either automatically block their videos, or automatically profit from them. It’s an IQ test.

Unfortunately, Philippine TV network ABS-CBN is too dumb to even take that IQ test.

Filipino blogger Jepoy Bengero had his aunt and her dog interviewed on an ABS-CBN show last year. He uploaded a blurry phonecam clip of interview to YouTube at his aunt’s request. One year later, ABS-CBN has it pulled down.

The lesson here: don’t ever work with ABS-CBN. TV dinosaurs act like they own you. They let some dumb intern issue frivolous takedown notices based on nothing but badly-constructed keyword searches — without any regard for interviewees, fair use, context, or even accuracy.

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6 Comments on “ABS-CBN Pulls Down Interviewee’s YouTube Clip. And Her Little Dog, Too.”
  1. Mike Abundo says:

    CBS actually got a boost from YouTube. If ABS-CBN wants to boost their ratings, they should actually allow people post clips on YouTube.

    They’re trying to protect their paid online video service, but we already know paid online video doesn’t work. They’re sacrificing something that does work — YouTube exposure — to protect something that doesn’t work.

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