Friday, March 14, 2008

Boat sinks - letter stinks

We were thrilled to find on YouTube the video from the 1995 America's Cup when One Australia sunk. It was an amazing moment, and viewer traffic has been huge, which also earned us this love letter:

In your Scuttlebutt #2552, there was video of the sinking of One Australia from the 1995 America's Cup series of races in San Diego. This "Video Of The Week" appears to have been provided to you by (Editor note: We were not provided with the video. We were merely linking to YouTube, where the video was hosted).

Neither this person, nor you have any rights to provide this for viewing and we ask that it be removed from your archives and that the person that provided the material also be informed of the violation of rights.

Those rights belong exclusively to ACTV, which was the Host Broadcaster for both the 1992 and 1995 series of races held in San Diego. On that particular day, weather kept us from getting our choppers in the air for live coverage and also prevented us from transmitting the feeds from our chase boats on the water. Since racing was still held, we shot on tape and happened to be in the right stop when the incident took place.

When we returned to shore, we provided the material to our rights holders, including ESPN in the United States and TVNZ in New Zealand. We also provided news material with specific embargoes. Usage was limited to 48 hours following conclusion of the race and no one was permitted to archive the material. In addition, we provided still pictures from our coverage for newspapers.

I'm certain that you were provided the material without any knowledge of the restriction that were placed on this material and we have also informed Dan that he must immediately remove the material from his site. We also ask that you do the same.

Thanking you, in advance, for your cooperation.

Scuttlebutt completely understands the position of this letter writer (name withheld), but we are far down the road on this one. The source of the video is YouTube, which has an account holder that posted it on their site. By using the code provided by YouTube, Scuttlebutt (or anyone) can show their videos, but we are only linking back to the YouTube site. To get this video off the internet, they need to get it off of YouTube.

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At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad these guys weren't covering Kennedy's assassination or the first landing on the moon. Some historic events are beyond private domain.

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too got the link saying it was removed however a quick search of Youtube provided another copy of the "Historic event".....

"We don't have to show you any sinking badges"!!!!

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so long since I have seen that footage that I played it over and over again. Great memories and thanks. Regards, Noel.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pomp of petty office

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

Yea... it is back online:


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