Another DMCA Crime


Sintel is an animated short film produced by the Blender Foundation and released under a Creative Commons license. Blender is Free Software created specifically for artists so they can make videos unencumbered by fees and restrictions.

Sony is a corporation that used to be relevant.

Youtube is a place on the Internet where creators can make their videos available for viewing.

The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) is an American law meant to protect creators’ copyright.

On April 5, 2014, Sony used the DMCA to get Youtube to take down a video of Sintel. (Links to Torrent Freak, Reddit and Cartoon Brew) Sony had no right to do it. Youtube was wrong to comply. But they won’t pay for their hubris. Sintel, the Blender Foundation, the artists and the audience will be expected to accept the injury and insult, while the scoundrels slip away.

The DMCA mechanism is automated. It has to be, they say, because there are so many videos and so many requests. So, because they are too cheap and too lazy to be careful, there are countless cases of false takedown notices. And while the takedowns are quick and easy, correcting a false takedown it difficult and time-consuming.

This continues to happen because people are never made to pay for abusing the system. So this won’t be the last DMCA crime.


Edit: Due to a large outcry, Sintel is once again viewable on Youtube. A good outcome.


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Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories.
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4 Responses to Another DMCA Crime

  1. mixedupmeme says:

    I couldn’t watch the video. Something said NO. But didn’t come to watch … but to say “Hello”. 🙂
    I tried Blender a few years ago. Never made much but the Gingerbread Man. Too many controls etc for my eyes.

    • arjaybe says:

      You’re more adventurous than I. I’ve never run Blender, figuring it’s better left in the hands of the competent.-)

      “Hi” back atcha.


  2. Laird Smith says:

    I watched the movie, very entertaining. Thanks. Is there a sequel to that one? I’d like to see what she does with the baby.

    • arjaybe says:

      Nope. No sequel yet to Sintel. They do have other videos, though, and they’re working on a new one. Check out Blender to track them down.


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