WBKO’s Business Manager sent us the following message:
From: Paula Phelps
Subject: Copyright Infringement
This e-mail serves as notification that the video in the
story Bowling Green Weatherman’s Mistake at the URL:
belongs to WBKO-TV and has not been authorized for use on your
Please remove it immediately. Please contact myself or Rick McCue,
Vice President and General Manager at 2727 Russellville Rd., Bowling
Green, KY 42101. 270-781-1313 or email@example.com.
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials
described above was not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent
or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the
information in the notification is accurate and that I am the
copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an
exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
/s/ Paula Phelps
Paula Phelps, Business Mgr, WBKO TV
Are they really trying to cover this up?
Page One isn’t hosting any of the copyrighted material ourselves. We would happily comply with removal if we did, in fact, host it. We merely provide links to the material. It’s hosted by hundreds of websites like YouTube, Google Video, TinyPic/TinyVideo, MySpace, Facebook, MetroMojo, the Oxygen network, the Oprah Winfrey Show (which actually called us in an attempt to obtain a copy of the video), TMZ, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN.
Matter of fact, a quick Google search returns more than 198,000 hits for “bowling green weatherman.” We’ve found more than 100 instances on YouTube alone.
Further, if the station meant to imply that they want us to remove hyperlinks– wouldn’t it be beneficial to say so in a letter? We’d oblige. Hopefully they’ll clear the matter up.
Surely Page One is not being singled out and WBKO has sent cease and desist letters to all outlets that actually host the alleged copyrighted material on their own servers.