On May 24, lawyers for Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures convinced a federal judge in San Francisco to issue a subpoena requiring YouTube to turn over details about a user who uploaded dialog from the movie studio's 'Twin Towers,' according to a copy of the document.
YouTube promptly handed over the data to Paramount, which on June 16 sued the creator of the 12-minute clip, New York City-based filmmaker Chris Moukarbel, for copyright infringement, in federal court in Washington.
That YouTube chose to turn over the data, rather than simply remove the offending video from its site -- as it did Friday when it agreed to take down 30,000 videos at the request of a group of Japanese media companies -- came as a surprise to copyright experts.
The video in question was a student created film with student actors. Based on a segment of script from the movie "twin towers".
Bravo Youtube. Bravo Viacom / Paramount.
Without your bold and heavy handed moves Twin Towers would have had serious box office setbacks as it hits the theatres.
What's more youtubers and bloggers everywhere will cherish and praise your good names.
And meanwhile millions of copies of pirated versions of Twin Towers will flow out of manufacturing facilities and across P2P networks world wide.
But you've shut down one student filmaker, Chris Moukarbel, whom dared to make his own homage to your film.
Way to kick some fan ass.
Money well spent. Bravo.
Again... this was in May. Youtube is just f*cked.