CW 11 News v. Improv Everywhere

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Correspondence

Date: 

04/01/2009

Status: 

Pending

Location: 

New York

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
After receiving a copyright complaint from the Tribune Company, YouTube took down a video from comedic performance group Improv Everywhere that allegedly infringed copright in a CW 11 (WPIX-TV) news broadcast. The CW 11 broadcast discussed an Improv... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Improv Everywhere

Type of Party: 

Organization
Media Company

Type of Party: 

Organization

Location of Party: 

  • New York

Location of Party: 

  • New York
Description

After receiving a copyright complaint from the Tribune Company, YouTube took down a video from comedic performance group Improv Everywhere that allegedly infringed copright in a CW 11 (WPIX-TV) news broadcast. The CW 11 broadcast discussed an Improv Everywhere prank and reproduced excerpts from one of Improv Everywhere's own videos.

The original Improv Everywhere video showed an April Fools Day prank in which the group crashed a staged funeral.  CW 11 broadcast a news story about the video under the assumption that the video was a prank on unsuspecting funeral-goers.  In reality, Improv's prank was on any viewer who believed the video to be real.  Improv Everywhere has a detailed post on the takedown.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Video

Publication Medium: 

Website

Subject Area: 

  • Copyright
  • Fair Use
  • DMCA
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • New York

Source of Law: 

  • United States
CMLP Information (Private)

Priority: 

2-Normal

CMLP Notes: 

Source: BoingBoing

status checked 6/17/09; no new info - CMF