Just recently I posted a story and video of an LA deputy punching a non-violent woman in the face on a bus. This morning, a kind fellow blogger commented that the video was no longer available. This is what I saw when I checked it out:
Click HERE for the URL where this video used to be – and this image above now appears.
I found another copy of this same EXACT video on another YouTube channel. There are several uploads available. If you have not seen it, please watch. This video is a news report from a legitimate news station – 4 News.
There was absolutely no hate speech whatsoever in this video. This is blatant censorship on the part of YouTube, most likely due to those in power in our country – or as I prefer to call them, the “Man behind the curtain” (referencing The Wizard of Oz).
It would be more understandable if it was removed due to copyright violation, which I see happening to videos all the time, and more frequently now. Even then, uploading this video is in accordance with the Fair Use law in which “…examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work…” But YouTube seems to ignore the Fair Use Act.
SOPA/PIPA have not even been passed – and look what is happening now. If these pass, well…. it will be a day to go down in history and proof that Orwell was right, and we will be under the control of internet censorship.
Some people may think this is a YouTube copyright take-down, but here is a screen capture of one of my uploads of a BBC Video (yes, I knew it would eventually be banned by BBC… they do that all the time):
Here is my thought pattern… The news channel had not contacted YouTube to have the police brutality video removed due to copyright violation, but someone else did want it removed – someone who did not want it to be seen. But, since no copyright claim had been formally submitted, then YouTube put a “Hate Speech” violation on it in order to take it down per “whoever” requested it…