3 Count: DMCA Disaster

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1: Dr Drew Supercut Downplaying COVID-19 Gets YouTube Copyright Takedown

First off today, Jeremy Fuster at The Wrap reports that TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky has begun using Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices to remove copies of a viral video that featured a montage of clips of him downplaying the impacts of COVID-19.

The video went viral after it was shared by HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali. The two-minute video features multiple clips of Pinsky downplaying COVID-19, comparing it to the flu or generally saying it was not something to worry about. However, as the impacts of COVID-19 have become better understood, those estimates have proved to be dangerously wrong and Pinsky has even released an apology video to that fact.

But, that has not stopped Pinsky, or at least someone using his name, from filing a DMCA takedown notice to get the original video removed. This has led many to argue that Pinsky is attempting to silence the criticism of his actions even as he tries to apologize for them. The video does remain live on Twitter and other copies are still available.

2: TikTok Creator Slammed for Claiming YouTube Vdeos Over Makeup “Hack”

Next up today, Virginia Glaze at Dexerto reports that TikTock creator Jarida has found herself at the center of a copyright battle as multiple copyright claims have been filed over a viral makeup trick she shared. However, it may not be Jarida herself that’s responsible for these claims.

At issue is a viral makeup tip posted on TikTok by Jarida. YouTubers, predictably, wanted to try the trick out for themselves and did so in their own videos. However, Jarida posted a now-deleted tweet hinting that she felt those videos were infringing on her rights. Shortly after that tweet, some of those videos began receiving copyright claims, allegedly on her behalf.

However, it now appears that Jarida sold the rights to the video to a company named Collab DRM, which is the one pressing the issue. Jarida, according to one tweet, has contacted them to stop claiming videos in such a way but the company is refusing to stop. However, it’s important to note that none of this can be independently verified but it does have a strong resemblance to a 2018 YouTube copyright battle between PewDiePie and Alinity.

3: ‘Pirate’ Porn Sites Under Pressure as MG Premium Tightens the Screw

Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that adult content creator MG Premium has filed a DMCA subpoena with Cloudflare that aims to identify the operators of several pirate porn websites.

MG Premium is a company behind many different popular pornographic websites. They have been in a long-running battle against pirate websites and are even currently involved in litigation with the website YesPornPlease. However, now MG Premium has taken the extra step of filing a DMCA subpoena in a bid to learn the identities of those behind it.

Though the subpoenas appear to be targeting the alleged uploaders of the videos involved, the wording also aims to have Cloudflare turn over any information it has about the operators of the sites themselves. Their efforts also target PornDish, a site that advertises you can watch “full premium” content from MG Premium websites, and two other pirate websites.

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