NASCAR blocks eyewitness video of Daytona crash, but YouTube reverses the takedownFebruary 24, 2013
A NASCAR race at the Daytona International Speedway today was disrupted by a harrowing crash that sent debris flying into the stands and left some fans injured. As CNN reports,shredded debris flew into the racetrack barrier, with some reaching 20 feet up to the second level of the track's stands. At least one fan who witnessed the event caught it on camera and promptly uploaded it to YouTube — but the video was blocked by NASCAR on copyright grounds just minutes after it went live. (Update: YouTube has restored the original video, which you can watch below.)
NASCAR, like other sporting organizations, claims all rights to film and broadcast anything that happens at its events. But taking down a video of a dangerous crash that injured spectators has sparked a backlash from observers who see it as an improper use of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which is typically used to suppress pirated content like music and movies. Despite the takedown request, the eyewitness video has already been ripped, mirrored, and shared on the internet.