San Francisco TV station KTVU is using copyright law to demand that YouTube remove video clips showing its bamboozled news anchor reading fictitious names of Asiana Airlines pilots after the recent crash. And it's possible that "The Colbert Report" may also feel the heat.
Google-owned YouTube is apparently complying with the DMCA takedown notices, though it's not difficult as of this morning to find versions of the clip on the site.
Comedy's Central's "The Colbert Report" also included the exact same footage of the anchor's flub in a segment that aired July 15. (This post and its headline been corrected; see note below)
I have asked "The Colbert Report" whether it has received a DMCA notice.
Here's how the KTVU explains its assertion of copyright, according to Mediabistro:
KTVU vice president and general manager Tom Raponi responded to TVSpy's question about pulling the videos saying, "The accidental mistake we made was insensitive and offensive. By now, most people have seen it. 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."
Obviously, the Streisand Effect is in play here.
(Update: This post and headline have been changed to reflect the fact that I erroneously linked to and provided a screen shot from a Colbert Report fan site instead of the official Colbert site. It was the fan site, not the official site, that had apparently disabled embed code for the Colbert clip showing the KTVU news segment.)