TV Station Covers Up “Ho Lee Fuk” Blunder With a DMCA Takedown

asianaBy now most people have probably seen KTVU’s embarrassing blunder, reading the made-up names of Asiana Airlines pilots.

The clip became an instant viral and hundreds of copies have been posted on YouTube, generating millions of views.

But enough is enough for the local TV-station, as they started to use YouTube’s DMCA like takedown system to pull several videos offline.

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KTVU,” the text replacing the video reads.


Nothing wrong with that, as they do own the rights to the broadcast. However, a comment from KTVU vice president and general manager Tom Raponi shows that the takedown has nothing to do with rights issues.

“The accidental mistake we made was insensitive and offensive. By now, most people have seen it,” Raponi told Mediabistro.

“At this point, continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive, especially to the many in our Asian community who were offended. Consistent with our apology, we are carrying through on our responsibility to minimize the thoughtless repetition of the video by others.”

So apparently YouTube’s takedown system can now be used to deal with insensitivities as well, how convenient. Or could it be that this is a failed attempt by KTVU to cover up their own blunder…

Streisand effect anyone?

via Wired.


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