In last week's paper, SFR spoke with
Jason Brockhoft, a former contestant on the reality TV show "Bullrun
" who wrecked his car and, by his account, nearly came to blows with pro wrestler Bill Goldberg at the old state penitentiary in Santa Fe. This week, Brockhoft posted three YouTube videos chronicling his side of the story.
As of today, all three show up
in a YouTube search, but most copies of the videos—which Brockhoft says he's uploaded repeatedly—yield the following response: This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by BULLRUN LLC.
Brockhoft says the claim is "a false allegation. They are trying to shove me down the Orwellian memory hole." More after the jump.
An inquiry to Bullrun's press office got the following response, via e-mail:
Bullrun's copyright lawyers monitor any copyright infringement but from your e-mail it simply sounds like Jason is posting footage he does not have any rights to on YouTube.
SFR has a call in to YouTube about Bullrun's allegations. For now, see if you can access Brockhoft's latest video here
Updated Friday 2:45pm:
Here's the lowdown on how copyright complaints work, from YouTube
spokeswoman Victoria Grand:
Essentially, we're not in the position to be able to decide whether a piece of information is copyrighted. We don't make those determinations ourselves; we provide a process
where [parties] who feel their copyright is infringed can file a complaint.
What happens next, Grand explains, is a sort of crazy back-and-forth: The person who uploaded the content (Brockhoft, in this case) is notified of the complaint and invited to file a counter-complaint. When he does, the original complainant (Bullrun) can file a counter-counter-complaint.
Brockhoft says he's already filed his counter-complaint. Whether Bullrun files a second (counter-counter) complaint will determine what happens next. If they do, the video stays down (and, presumably, the issue goes to court). If they don't, Grand says, the videos will be back up in approximately 10 days.