The NFL Blocked Rich Eisen’s Stuart Scott Highlight Tribute from YouTube on Copyright Grounds

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I went to YouTube this morning to find some Stuart Scott tribute videos for posting in the Roundup. Rich Eisen doing Colts-Bengels highlights as Stuart was the best, and one the best and most fitting tributes I’ve ever seen, anywhere. It’s the sort of thing that should live in the public domain forever, something that should transcend draconian rights agreements (never mind that it probably falls well within the definition of Fair Use).

Anyway, the clip contains quite a bit of game footage, so at some point between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. today, it was blocked from YouTube on copyright grounds. You’d figure that maybe it was an auto-detection thing, but alas, as of writing this, there’s another video, this one…

… that’s still available, so it would appear that the video in question was manually selected for removal. And when you try to embed the official NFL video of Eisen honoring his longtime partner the only way he knew how… well, you can’ do that either, unless you’re an official content partner of the NFL:

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The NFL: never missing the chance to do the wrong thing.

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5 Responses

  1. Michael Irving is probably behind taking it down as he trampled all over Eisen’s tribute. Shut the fuck Irving, everything is not always about you.

  2. Stay classy, NFL.

    Way to start your new year off after the multiple PR disasters you had last year (i.e. the Ray Rice debacle, AP, etc.).

    Hey, but at least the Cowboys sort of won for you, right?

  3. How dare a white man tribute a black man. Eisen should have let Irvin do the tribute.

    This is complete racism.


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