Remember how a copyright maximalist was just claiming that it’s simply ridiculous that anyone would ever use copyright to censor? We pointed out a pretty long list of examples of how that’s bogus, but here’s another one, via BoingBoing. It seems that a guy named Den Lennie did a video review comparing the Rotolight Anova to a competing product, the Kino Flo Celeb. Lennie’s review showed that the Kino device was better, and apparently Rotolight took offense. So what do they do? They send a completely fraudulent DMCA complaint to Vimeo, who shamefully took the video down without doing even the slightest check to see if it was actually infringing.
Even worse, when Den posted about this, Rotolight flat out admitted to a fraudulent DMCA takedown, noting that they “did not feel the test was fair or representative” and thus they used the DMCA to take it down:
But, no, we’re told, copyright law is never used for censorship…
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