Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube

I didn't see this anywhere else on the forum. Hope it's not a duplicate.

September 5th, 2008
News Update by Eva Galperin

Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology. Clips included footage of Australian and German news reports about Scientology, A Message to Anonymous/Scientology , and footage from a Clearwater City Commission meeting. Many accounts were suspended by YouTube in response to multiple allegations of copyright infringement.

YouTube users responded with DMCA counter-notices. At this time, many of the suspended channels have been reinstated and many of the videos are back up. Whether or not American Rights Counsel, LLC represents the notoriously litigious Church of Scientology is unclear, but this would not be the first time that the Church of Scientology has used the DMCA to silence Scientology critics. The Church of Scientology DMCA complaints shut down the YouTube channel of critic Mark Bunker in June, 2008. Bunker’s account, XenuTV, was also among the channels shut down in this latest flurry of takedown notices.


Well this is getting interesting. :) They keep trying to censor the truth and that's what made them a whole boatload of new enemies. They just don't seem to be able to learn.
Yeah, this could get interesting.
Hey, I noticed that $ was down earlier this AM... But so was this site as well as some other anti-$co sites... Coincidence?


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They learn, alright. I'll bet they've just decided the cost in PR is worth the internal control, or that these sorts of notices are a setup for later actions dependent on the shutdowns.


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The fact is that they're dogma-bound to do *something*. They have it on Ron's Authority that what they do *will* work, whether it does or not. All evidence to the contrary, it *must* be working. But, if the question comes down from on-high as to 'what are you doing about this!!!???' they'll be able to say 'We got 4,000 pieces of entheta removed! Huzza!'

Prolly. I haven't had any issues..

Well, it was around 8 am EST... I could get on all my other sites, except those that had anything to do with $co or $co related. PC actually hung after several attempts to access or this one and my pc actually blue screened... (First time I've blue screened my Vista box)...

Well, maybe it's time to go back to using my Linux box :happydance:
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