Crash Video Controversy Puts NASCAR Copyright Grab in Spotlight
Clearly this became a news event and NASCAR lost it’s copyright on fan video. At public events people have to understand they will be visible to cameras all over the place from security to network coverage to fans taking video and images. IMHO the video should not have been taken down.
A serious car crash at the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 this past Saturday caused debris to go flying into the stands, sending a number of spectators to the hospital — some with very serious injuries. A fan named Tyler Andersen was in the area where the accident happened, and had his camera recording video as the whole thing unfolded. After the incident made national headlines, Anderson posted the 1m16s video above to YouTube (warning: it doesn’t show any injuries, but it’s a bit disturbing).
NASCAR wasn’t too pleased with the video, and sent YouTube a DMCA takedown request, claiming that it was a case of copyright infringement. YouTube complied and took down the video, sparking cries of “censorship.”