This time it’s a totally bogus claim by the Air Force!
It’s cyber war! Lawyers representing the Air Force’s elite electronic warriors have sent YouTube a DMCA takedown notice demanding the removal of the 30-second spot the Air Force created to promote its nascent Cyber Command. We’d uploaded the video to share with THREAT LEVEL readers.
U.S. Government works aren’t even copyrightable. YouTube doesn’t know that — presumably because it has no lawyers — and it’s taken down the video. A spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the Google-owned service has no choice but to comply with DMCA notices. That’s not quite right, though. YouTube has no legal obligation to remove non-infringing content.
Go read all of Kevin Poulsen’s Wired column about it.
(and another h/t to BoingBoing)