Whoops! YouTube accidentally pulls NASA videos

Sunday’s impressive Mars landing somehow continues to be relevant for Media Services – this time in a less fun and exciting way.

NASA broadcasted live footage of Mission Control as the Curiosity rover landed, and to commemorate the occasion, they uploaded the clip to YouTube. But because of a snafu in YouTube’s copyright enforcement software, NASA’s videos were taken down. This apparently isn’t even the first time the video sharing website has accidentally thrown out one of NASA’s videos.

The situation was fixed fairly quickly, but its implications for the future of copyright enforcement in the digital age – and the permanence of online video – are a little troubling.

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