HBO is using copyright law to censor a Spanish YouTuber-Spoiler


Frikidoctor is a Spanish fan of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones. Days before releasing a new episode of the series, this YouTuber uploads to his channel a video-prediction of what he thinks will happen in the TV show. Unfortunately for the company, these videos are really accurate and his predictions become a reality in the series most of the times.

The company HBO is not happy with Frikidoctor spoilers so they want YouTube to remove the videos even if the videos don't contain any actual leaked footage as “HBO is asserting that these videos are infringing on its copyright by leaking and discussing spoilers”

Dr. Andres Guadamuz, senior lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of Sussex, said on this issue that "Copyright protects an expression of the idea, not an idea itself, and while plot points might be an idea, the expression of that idea is protected".

"Characters, dialogue, plot twists... all of these are protected by copyright. After the Lenz v Universal case (of Prince fame), Google are under an obligation to consider fair use before removing content, but in this case I would argue that the number of fair use arguments would be limited."

So you spoilers be careful with your claims. May be you are infringing some Copyright.

Written by: UAIPIT Team




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