A dispute between comedian Miel Bredouw and digital media powerhouse Barstool Sports has put a spotlight on a social media problem that far too often gets overlooked: copyright infringement. Bredouw took to Twitter Monday evening to relay the struggles she faced against Barstool and Twitter’s copyright policies.
The problems began when Barstool uploaded an original video of Bredouw’s without permission or credit in December, which she promptly reported to Twitter after her requests to be credited were ignored. The video was immediately taken down.
The video in question is a 36-second clip Bredouw posted on Youtube two years ago of her realizing the Christmas classic “Carol of the Bells” synced well with Three 6 Mafia’s “Slob On My Knob.” The video, like much of Bredouw’s work, went viral. Of course, that should be a good thing for exposure on Bredouw’s behalf, but the nature of social media means the video was reposted repeatedly without her permission more times than she can count.
The true crime here isn’t just that Barstool stole the video, it’s the fact that they, and any other account, avoid any amount of punishment if they fight back.
After the video was taken down, Barstool began reaching out via multiple affiliated accounts across any social media service Bredouw uses in an effort to resolve the conflict. Barstool initially offered a trade to have Bredouw remove the claim and allow Barstool to keep the video up with proper credit to the comedian. Over the past three months the offer ramped up to a $2,000 offer to have the claim rescinded.
Barstool then took advantage of a Twitter legal loophole by filing a counter-notice to allow the video to be put back which forces Berdouw to have to take legal action to resolve the matter in her favor. Once a counter-notice is employed, the case is out of Twitter’s hands entirely, according to company policy on the matter.
“If the copyright owner disagrees that the content was removed in error or misidentification, they may pursue legal action against you. If we do not receive notice within 10 business days that the original reporter is seeking a court order to prevent further infringement of the material at issue, we may replace or cease disabling access to the material that was removed.
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“I think what it really comes down to is support. For reasons I and the rest of the internet don’t seem to understand, Twitter refuses to have human support with major issues on the website like harassment and death threats and suspension of accounts,” Bredouw told The Verge. “It’s insane to me that the platform is allowing them to do this.”
Twitter’s copyright policy works on a strike basis, though the strikeout number isn’t known. Once that number is hit, Twitter will look to lock or shut down the violating account. Berdouw speculated Barstool’s actions show they could be nearing the count.
Berdouw isn’t going to continue the fight against Barstool and whether the video is up now or not, Barstool won in a situation where they were blatantly wrong. Copyright infringement, in an age where anyone can create original content for the whole world to see, is not an easy thing to police. It remains to be seen if Berdouw’s tirade will be enough to invoke change and help content creators get the credit they are due.
Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.