Lionsgate Copyright Nazis Foil Legit Promotional Effort


To promote W., Oliver Stone's artistic tribute to America's favorite President (insert eyeroll here), Lionsgate launched the W. Mashup Contest on YouTube.

Use the clips and audio/video composition tools to create your own trailer. Oliver Stone himself gets to decide which is best.

The problem is, YouTube immediately removes entries upon submission. One entrant says, "all that remains of your genius contest entry is the phrase 'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Lionsgate'."

Here is the hole where an entry should be. (In the event that Lionsgate is smart enough to fix this, here's a screenshot.)

A complex promotion for a man who, at the very least, was a complex leader. Maybe they're only suppressing entries by users suspected of storing WMDs.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-21-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Campaigns, Consumer Created, Online, Worst   

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I contacted Lionsgate and they became aware of the issue of bogus copyrights on monday. In fact, youtube permanantly disabled my account after I got hit with the copyright claim. Then they had to reinstate my account once I told Lionsgate.

YouTube said "sorry" and re-enabled my account but said the video would not be reinstated. So I uploaded it on another account and it was a terms of use violation (instantly, it was through their automatic filtering system). I went into the editor and put a watermark over the black bars on the top and the bottom of the trailer and it went through. Must of been some hash filtering they had going on there.

Funny, I followed the contest rules and terms of use and everything. Don't believe me? Watch my submission:

This shows when someone creates something and it only destroys themselves in the process. They created this contest and they destroyed it with their own measures to counter copyright violations.

The anti-piracy system on youtube is bullshit.

Posted by: Randy Lee on September 24, 2008 2:50 AM