Recently, I posted an article titled, “Jon Steward Offers Scathing Review of ObamaCare Website.” Well, if you go to that article now and try to watch the YouTube video, you will find… nothing.
Most, if not all, videos of Jon Stewart’s blistering review of ObamaCare are no longer on YouTube. Every video I try to reference says “the video has been removed by the user.” One page said the video was no longer available because the user’s account was terminated.
It appears YouTube is scrubbing this content. I find it very disturbing that YouTube, a service founded on the concept of free expression, is scrubbing content to prevent political opponents of the Democrats from exercising free expression. After all, no one is twisting what Jon Stewart had to say. The clip I had linked to the previous article played the entire monologue as it appeared on Stewart’s show.
I suppose an argument could be made that use of Stewart’s monologue violated copyright and, therefore, it’s removal justified. I don’t believe that argument is valid.
According to the “Fair Use” fact sheet published by the U.S. Copyright Office, “Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.”
Criticism? Comment? News Reporting?
Those all seem, to me, to fall under “fair use” with regard to using Jon Stewart’s monologue.
YouTube needs to get is act together and start being more impartial toward freedom of expression.