The new Citizen Journalist (taken from New Indian Express)

Here’s a list of famous ‘controversies’ that video-sharing sites like YouTube have found themselves in, in recent times…

(cortesy : The new Indian Express)

No blogs please, we’re IndiansThe Indian government bans several community sites likes Yahoo Groups, Blogger and Orkut.

Bolt from the blue
Universal Music sues and Grouper a possible $150,000 in damages for every copyright infringement made.

Sex, lies, but no video tape
Brazilian supermodel Daniella Cicarelli and her boyfriend get YouTube temporarily shut down in Brazil for violating their privacy.

Disrespect to the Father
The Government of India takes exception to a clip on YouTube showing a man dressed as Gandhi performing a pole dance.

Say no to cricket
The ICC orders YouTube to remove World Cup clips claiming copyright infringement.

Can’t thank no one
The Academy objects to YouTube running unauthorised Oscar award video clips.

The Aussie boomerang
The state of Victoria in Australia ordered YouTube blocked from 1,600 government schools after a gang of male students used it to circulate their videotaped assault on a 17-year-old girl.

Turning cold turkey on clips
Turkey blocks access to YouTube for featuring clips that were seen as insulting to its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Hunting down the hunter
Activist groups sue Viacom for asking YouTube to remove a parody of The Colbert Report.

No clips via Viacom
Viacom files a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against YouTube, even after 100,000 clips were pulled off the site.

Royalty down the tube
The Thai government blocks access to YouTube because of a video clip that was disrespectful to their King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

2 thoughts on “The new Citizen Journalist (taken from New Indian Express)

  1. Interesting… but I suppose that any medium runs the risk of some ‘item’ of theirs being subjected to public wrath. And something like U-Tube, that has NO editors, and does allow just about anything to be uploaded by anybody, should be running these ‘risks’. And perhaps they are prepared for these…
    I wonder if their ‘circulation’ and reach should more than compensate for any loss from these suits.

  2. Again…another interesting topic. If one is developing and has come up from rooots, all the existing gaints feel intimidated. These guys have done what they couldn’t even think of. And regarding govt.s banning, it’s sometimes u can say to maintain communal harmony and many a times to suppress a movement. If something can be done, it will be done in so many other ways…Fruits of modern communication, i would prefer to call this.

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