This guy who’s running for school board uploads his campaign commercials to youtube so that he can post them on his webpage. The commercials are “interesting” and attract the attention of WebJunk 2.0, a VH-1 television series. WebJunk 2.0 centers a segment of its show on the man’s campy commercials. Naturally, this segment features footage of the commercials - which are used without the man’s permission (or knowledge). The man then uploads the WebJunk 2.0 segment to youtube (so that he can post it on his webpage), but Viacom has this youtube clip pulled for copyright reasons. Read more here .
Intellectual property gurus – what’s the deal? Was Viacom in the wrong for using the man’s video without his permission? (Note: I could not determine whether the man’s commercial were actually copyrighted – he implies it).