UK Gov’t Violates Own Copyright On YouTube
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 Silicon.com reports the video was called “Transformational Government,” and was replaced on YouTube with a red-lettered notice reading:
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?