YouTube Reverses Course And Publishes Video Mocking Climate Change Denier

In July, blogger Peter Sinclair of DeSmogBlog published a YouTube video as part of his ""Climate Denial Crock of the Week" video series. The video features California meteorologist Anthony Watts and his "SurfaceStations" project, which aims to show that the government's weather stations may not be recording temperatures correctly and therefor can't be relied upon to prove climate change. Watts took exception and filed a Digital Millenium Copyright Act claim against the video. It was removed from YouTube but today YouTube reversed is decision and notified Sinclair that his video is live for the world to see.If you are unfamiliar with it, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed in 1996 to protect copyright ownership on the Internet. Watts' claim that the DMCA applied to Sinclair's video seemed sketchy at best, as Sinclair recounts on his blog:

After some investigation of related cases and obtaining additional opinions as to relevant copyright law, I confirmed my original belief that my videos in no way violate copyright law, especially in light of the principles of critical review, parody, and transformational use of material.

In accordance with established YouTube guidelines, I filed a "counternotice", affirming, "under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled."

Sinclair today received a notice from YouTube that reads:

"In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we've completed processing your counter-notification regarding your video:

This content has been restored and your account will not be penalized."

Another great victory for free speech.

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