Sky News livestream of Republican debate shut down by Fox News copyright claim

28 08 2015

August 7, 2015

Late last night, a live broadcast by Sky News was taken offline by a copyright claim made by Fox News. It isn’t clear if Fox News manually made a copyright claim against Sky, or whether this was just a particularly hilarious case of YouTube’s automated Content ID system gone awry. If you weren’t aware, Sky News and Fox News both share the same parent: 21st Century Fox, the spiritual and legal successor of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

Last night, Sky News was broadcasting a debate between the US Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul. Sky News uses YouTube for its live Internet feed, rather than its own platform. At some point, the YouTube feed was replaced by black static and an error message: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Fox News Networks, LLC.”

Sky News has since switched over to a new YouTube URL and is broadcasting normally. The old URL is still online, however, showing the copyright claim by Fox News.


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