Yesterday I received a “DMCA notice” from YouTube informing me that a video I had posted of a TG4 news report on the launch of my radio series, An Líonra Sóisialta, had been removed by them, at the request of a company called Servecast Ltd, who alleged copyright infringement.
A quick search of YouTube (Gaeilge+TG4) reveals that several more videos of TG4 programmes which had been posted by other users have similarly been deleted.
It would appear that Servecast have a deal with TG4 for the online rights to their programmes – or else they are agents acting on TG4′s behalf. Whois records indicate that Servecast operate the tg4.tv domain used for TG4′s Web TV.
This follows a recent similar action by the American entertainment company Viacom to defend its intellectual property on the video-sharing site.