Anshe Chung YouTube video is a 'terms of use violation'

The video that depicts the griefing attack on Second Life land baroness Anshe Chung--removed by YouTube after a DMCA copyright infringement complaint--has been recategorized as a "terms of service violation."

It's not clear why. At first, Guntram Graef, husband of Anshe Chung's real-life persona Ailin Graef, attempted to convince YouTube that the video contained copyright infringement because of the unauthorized inclusion of Anshe Chung's avatar.

Users own what they create in Second Life, and that was the basis for the copyright infringement claim. But according to legal experts, the video and its images were fair use because they were taken during the griefing attack in which Anshe Chung--while I interviewed her in CNET's Second Life theater--was bombarded by 15 minutes of flying digital penises and pornographic photographs. The attack quickly became worldwide news.

But now, loading the video produces a generic YouTube message informing visitors that the video was deleted for a "terms of service violation." YouTube provides no further information.

I will keep you informed, dear readers, as I discover the reasons behind this. But it's nice to know that YouTube no longer considers this situation in the realm of DMCA, as nearly everyone involved knew that argument to be specious.

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