UK Gov’t Violates Own Copyright On YouTube

    August 30, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Because of a copyright violation, the UK Cabinet Office, Britain’s “head office,” was forced to yank a public service video from YouTube. But the complaint came from an unlikely place – from an agency within.

Will Sturgeon at reports the video was called “Transformational Government,” and was replaced on YouTube with a red-lettered notice reading:

This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner COI Television because its content was used without permission.

For you fellow Americans, for whom the ways of the British are, um, foreign to them, COI stands for Central Office of Information, a government agency whose chief executive reports to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

And we thought it was hard to get fired in France.

A little over a week and a half ago, Sturgeon, who presented the UK government’s move into user-generated video marketing as an end to its “backwards” understanding of tech issues, gave the video a tepid review.

This week, he calls it a “blunder.”

And we, in America, are still quite confused about how a federal government agency can violate the copyrights of an underling federal agency.

But then again, we don’t have those raucous Parliamentary debates, either. C-Span on YouTube, anyone?

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