by Paul Alan Levy
Following up my post yesterday about an abusive DMCA takedown notice from Major League Soccer, I have been in touch with the soccer fan whose YouTube clip was removed and, on his behalf, sent MLS an explanation of what we think they are doing wrong and what they ought to do to make the matter right: not just withdraw the takedown in question here, but fix their takedown procedures so that fair use receives proper consideration.
MLS has rescinded the takedown, but in response to inquiries from Soccer America they seem to be inviting more trouble. Don't they have IP counsel on staff to warn them what the law is? Very sad.
A guide to fair use in the posting of soccer videos can be found here.