Calling Aleksey Vayner’s Bluff

From: DMCA Complaints <copyright_counternotice@youtube.com>
To: ivygate <ivygate@gmail.com>
Date: Oct 10, 2006 9:06 PM
Subject: Video Rejected: Copyright Infringement

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Aleksey Vayner claiming that this material is infringing:

IvyGate: Worst Resume Ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjRZgmc3RyQ

[...]

Sincerely,
YouTube, Inc.

Oh, it’s on.

Anticipating a move like this, we had a conference call today with counsel from the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va., a truly wonderful organization that dispenses pro bono legal advice to college journalists (and, uh, us). We’re confident that we have a valid fair use claim to Aleksey’s video — but formally contesting YouTube’s action would just take too long. So here’s what we’re going to do.

We’ve posted the clip to Veoh, and just in case they remove it too, you can access it directly here, on our own servers.

We saw Aleksey’s first cease and “disist,” and we’re not scared. Mr. Vayner? Mr. ron706@aol.com, Esq.? Bring it, sirs.

UPDATE: Turns out that serving up the enormous video file blew the roof off our server. We’ll let Veoh host for now, and re-host it if they take it down.