Air Force Marketing Officer Downed by His Own Law Firm

View video…..enter the cyber bunker!As public entities, government agencies can not claim copyright on their works.  But don’t tell that to Meredith Pikser, an attorney with international law firm Reed Smith LLP.  Last week she filed a DMCA Take Down Notice against YouTube, asserting that she represented the Air Force, which owned copyright on its latest recruiting video.

Turns out this was a really bad idea.

The Air Force’s marketing chief, Keith Lebling, helped distribute the video for this kind of public viewing. Lebling says any intellectual property claim should have gone through his office, and none did.

The privacy section of the Air Force site, where the video is promoted, states, “Information presented on the Air Force Recruiting web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.”

To avoid legal risk, YouTube has diligently complied with the take-down notice. However, it has allowed this non-infringing content to be uploaded elsewhere on the service.

1 Response to "Air Force Marketing Officer Downed by His Own Law Firm"


    April 16, 2012

    I really appreciate your jobs, your time and your efforts to making sure that this work becomes meaningful to every prospective airforce like me. Could u please sir, send me 10 good functions of a marketing officer in the airforce? And also Some roles of a marketing officer. Sir, i’ll be very greatful if you can do these for me so that me knowledge can increase during my interview session of the recruitment exercise. Thank you very much sir.
    FROM Prince,
    frm Benin city,
    Edo state,

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