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Can they actually sue you?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by KingStone, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. KingStone

    KingStone Junior Member

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    I received a message from an owner of a video in which I dled from and reupload. The message said that she contacted her lawyer to sue me or something like that. So was wondering will I get in trouble for this? Thanks
     
  2. wild1

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    Hmm if its on youtube and you dont have any of your information on youtube it wont matter if she tries to sue you, she won't find you

    And for a video I don't think so, if you did not change anything I don't think she could...
     
  3. coxistence

    coxistence Registered Member

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    What about this? Yesterday, did a search of the title of a movie of mine that I had uploaded on a few weeks before, and found that due to the fact it was a really unique video involvolving marijuana some marijuana vaporizer company had stolen it, watermarked it with their site, and uploaded it all over the web.

    What are my options here?
     
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    Do noothing... you should of watermark it so this would not happened, because you could claim it but who will know to whom it belongs to?
     
  5. oldenstylehats

    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

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    You could have a lawyer submit a DMCA takedown notice to the sites hosting this video as well as a cease and desist order to the vaporizer company. Most likely they'll comply. If they don't, you could pursue them further, but the ends might not justify the means unless you can prove some sort of grievous damage to either your character or your brand.
     
  6. john.morrison

    john.morrison BANNED BANNED

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    Contact the company and ask why they did this, and also don't forget to mention that the video was copyrighted.

    Depending on what they say, you can choose to sue them or just sell the video copyright to them.
     
  7. shaise

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    Until YT fix their Policy no one can touch either sides(if we talk about YT, only). If its a video that represent or belong to a major Co.(as helloall said) they might open a case against you in the court. But honestly, I doubt since(no offense) "Who are you?" for them...just nobody! So, they won't spent a penny with such amateur move. Here's some info to read, while they prep for the your lethal injection,...nah I kiddin' bud :)

    http://www.copyright.gov/laws/
    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/1201.html
    http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Copyright/
    http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=83766

    You can get the chill-pill from their forums, too.
    http://help.youtube.com/group/youtube-help?pli=1
     
  8. coxistence

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    Hm. Thanks for everyone who replied to me. Wasn't trying to threadjack, so my apologies to the OP. Their unauthorized use of my video doesn't really bother me in the least bit, but maybe I can score a free vaporizer off this shit. :D

    edit: Wow, that all rhymes.
     
  9. oldenstylehats

    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

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    I'd advise not going in with guns blazing then. I've got a strange feeling that a company selling vaporizers might be pretty motivated by flattery and a "So, I was high and surfing the internet and came across this video I made and ... can I get a hookup on some merch, dude?" story.
     
  10. westee

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    this dates a few years back....like 00-01 or sooo...but was bootlegging around 30 cds with 17+ songs each on them(on egay lol).....everything was good cause the songs didnt actually have copyrights, was moving around $1500 per week

    ...but one of the cd's eventually got copyrighted....about 3 weeks later got a letter from the RIAA, threatening to sue for $250,000 per song....

    not only for that one cd...but for all 30 cds...(even though they where not officially copyrighted...) so 30x17 = w/e x $250,000.... well i quit that....

    but still have the letter framed in my office =]
     
  11. coxistence

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    Good thinking. Before I had even read your last post, I had contacted them with a similar message. I'm guessing the reason they noticed it, and ultimately hijacked it is because it was such a fucked up stoner thing to do. (Hint: It involved clambaking and an ice cream bin. Enough said.)
     
  12. imontie

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    lmfao

    $127,500,000... like the pussies would have done that.
     
  13. Nathan B

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    Seriously, I doubt they would spend that much time just to have a video removed.
     
  14. BrianO

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    Of course not mate.! If it was a youtube video, then rest assured she cant do anything to you. And even contact the company and try asking, y they did this 2 U.
     
  15. KingStone

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    Your saying if someone upload without proxies. they are screwed?
     
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    Hmm think about it. The big guys can sue you, but they can easily ring up Youtube and demand video's to remove which would cost them nothing compared with spending $5k+ on a law suit. I think we're not a big threat to universal and other music/movie companies so I wouldn't be to worried. I think if Universal rang up and demanded that they supply the user's ip address, Youtube would say no because it would breach some sort of privacy act (Well in NZ that would happen, not sure in The States). Though if you promoting a site, Universal can easily look up your whois address and bribe godaddy 50¢ to steal your domain which of course knowing godaddy they would.

    Basically 99% of the stuff we're uploading is not aganist the law, unless your uploading child porn so you shouldn't worry :)
     
  17. KingStone

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    Hopefully I don't get sued because I only make $1 a day right now and it is sad
     
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    Live in China and you're safe.... i know you get what I mean. Just a thought
     
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    Unless they have legal documents showing they own the copyrights to the video there is nothing to worry about they can't prove shit.
     
  20. h8tricky

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    move to mexico fast