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article image15-Year-Old Scammer Gets YouTube to Pull "Copyrighted" Content

By malan     Apr 14, 2007 in Crime
A fifteen year old from Perth, Australia, posed as an employee of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, demanding that YouTube remove hundreds of video clips of 'The Chasers War on Everything.'
The teenager from Perth sent YouTube a signed form that stated he was a representative of the ABC, the copyright owner of video material from 'The Chasers War on Everything.'
The series carries on The Chaser's trademark technique of staging situationist interventions in real-life events, in which members of the group 'gatecrash' political, commercial and social events and film the results.
The teen demanded that YouTube immediately pull all Chaser content from the website as well as other videos supposedly owned by his company. YouTube bought the story hook line and sinker and started contacting users who had uploaded Chaser clips to the website and threatened to shut down their access if they did not pull it down immediately and agree never to post the content again.
As this continued, ABC caught wind of what was going on and contact the teenager who immediately broke character and apologized for impersonating their company.
Ms. Gibson told ABC Radio:
Everyone does dumb stuff when they are fifteen. But what was of concern to us was the fact that YouTube was sending copyright infringement notices to people who have been uploading Chaser clips to YouTube, threatening to shut down their access to YouTube if they persist. That's what was worrying to us.
The 15-year-old's name has not been released, probably to protect him due to his young age. But really, if the world found out who "the kid that fooled YouTube" is he'd be an internet sensation for a long, long time and most likely reap rewards.
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