A video creator has taken his frustrations directly to Jay Leno, after a YouTube video featured on The Jay Leno Show was taken down due to a copyright infringement claim from NBC.
In 2007, Brian Kamerer and Travis Irvine made a YouTube video to promote Irvine's mayoral campaign for the city of Bexley, Ohio. The video was entirely produced by Kamerer and friends, including the composition and performance of an original song to accompany the visuals, which Kamerer also directed and shot.
The video was featured on The Jay Leno Show in 2009. Kamerer and Irvine were made aware of this by a high school friend who saw the show. The next day, they both watched the show online to see their video's appearance on national TV. Their video was featured in a bit with four other stupid local campaign commercials. Leno commented on the show that he loved Kamerer's song.
Recently, Kamerer attempted to watch his own video again on YouTube and discovered that he could not, because of NBC's copyright infringement claim.
While it is likely that the video was flagged by YouTube's Content-ID software, which checks the content of videos for anything that matches a database of copyrighted content, and not a direct request from representatives from NBC or Jay Leno, that did not prevent Kamerer from writing a humorous open letter to Mr. Leno himself, which can be read on Splitsider.
As of Thursday, the day Kamerer's letter was posted, the original YouTube video is still not available for viewing. However, Kamerer uploaded his video on Funny or Die, so curious readers can see what all the fuss is about, though he still wants his YouTube video liberated on principle.