It happened back in late 2011 that the Huffington Post hijacked a portion of one of my videos that was taken at UNO’s Bar & Grill in Gurnee. I had requested that they take it down since I never authroized them to use any portion of it. After posting here about their hijacking we eventually came to a mutual agreement.
Although many publishers like to hide behind the “Fair Use” laws, they can still be held accountable for stealing someone else’s work. As a rule a lot of hijackers like to use the following “This video is fair use under U.S. copyright law because it is (1) non-commercial, (2) transformative in nature, (3) uses no more of the original work than necessary for the video’s purpose, and (4) does not compete with the original work and could have no negative affect on its market.”
The problem with the portion that the Huff Post Live used is that it supposedly “uses no more of the original work than necessary for the video’s purpose” which is a far cry from what the event in Grayslake was all about. Once again, I have sent an email to their legal team asking that the video portion they are using be taken down immediately. They are also displaying the entire, unedited, video which is fine and allowed.