I’ve been getting some more press for my copyright battle on YouTube, in English and German, and last night the United with Israel site invited me to do a blog post about all this for them. RECAP: BR Enter Music, speaking for the German National Library (DNB), had my documentary, You don’t know Hitler (2006), removed from YouTube because they claimed I was used the Nazi Anthem (the Horst Wessel Song) without permission. Today, however, I woke up to find that the DNB was denying any connection to BR Enter Music on Twitter.
I emailed YouTube to tell them this and to asked that my film be reinstated. I also told them that this proves their system for dealing with copyright claims is inadequate and unfair. I have not heard back from them yet. I also have not heard directly from DNB or BR Enter Music, both of whom I emailed repeatedly when this affair began, and both of whom I tweeted today.
I am confident now that You don’t know Hitler will be returning to YouTube but the underlying issues remain: 1) Why are Nazi copyright claims considered valid, and 2) Why doesn’t YouTube have a more intelligent system for dealing with these questions?