NBC blocks access to YouTube video from original creators

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.

Source: Splitsider

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Hmmm... They say NBC had nothing to do with the blocking, but with the way they've been recently, I wouldn't put it past them.

You complain about youtube yet you still use it, make up your mind and dont hail it one place and slam it the other!

Shahrad said,
You complain about youtube yet you still use it, make up your mind and dont hail it one place and slam it the other!

Why can't I hail it for doing one thing and slam it for doing another?

Yea that's it stick it on a shelf somewhere and deprive the entire world of enjoying it. You're never going to make money from it NBC so why not let the world enjoy it?

What a moron. That letter isn't going to get him anywhere and he could have done some legal action and probably settled out of court for a ton of money and got his video rights back. and if not then it could have went far through the legal system as the only media used in the video was his and the only copyright violators would have been NBC. To blame Jay Leno for this shows he has no idea how the system works. at all. Jay has nothing to do with NBC besides his show which yes the video aired on the show, but it's all NBC's and Youtube's fault. I'm fairly certain Jay Leno did not personally in any way try to block this video.
Hell if he wrote a nice letter just informing Leno what happened and asked him to undo this, he probably would have went to NBC and said something to get the video back up.

Lorddresefer said,
What a moron. That letter isn't going to get him anywhere and he could have done some legal action and probably settled out of court for a ton of money and got his video rights back. and if not then it could have went far through the legal system as the only media used in the video was his and the only copyright violators would have been NBC. To blame Jay Leno for this shows he has no idea how the system works. at all. Jay has nothing to do with NBC besides his show which yes the video aired on the show, but it's all NBC's and Youtube's fault. I'm fairly certain Jay Leno did not personally in any way try to block this video.
Hell if he wrote a nice letter just informing Leno what happened and asked him to undo this, he probably would have went to NBC and said something to get the video back up.

If you read the letter, the accompanying "screenplay", and watch the video, it's quite obvious the guy is not being serious. What he's really doing is trying to bring public attention to his issue (and succeeding quite well) and express his frustrations through humour.

I blame the Neowin summary (and other media outlets) for taking this at face value.

I doubt the guy could've gotten a ton of money. He'd probably get an apology letter, his video reinstated, and some tickets to Jay Leno's show, while incurring court fees and a lot of "wasted" time. What he's done instead is get everyone's attention to the potential abuses and pitfalls of YouTube's content matching system, and gotten a whole whack of personal publicity to show for it.