Update Aug 1st 2013
Rotolight has issued a “Official Statement” on the recent press they have been receiving. You can go to their site to see it I want link to it. It basically boils down to 4 paragraphs of self promotion with one paragraph of “someone” else told us to do it, here is some free stuff for Den leave us alone… think of our families! Not exactly the mea culpa I would have thought a company would do. The fact is this is now the 3RD story we have heard from the company on why they took the action, each of them different… first it was trade mark, then it was not a representative test, now it is the unit was faulty! What a crock… what none of this still addresses is the fact a DMCA was file with Vimeo, even though in their statement they blame everyone else for reporting that they issue was copyright. You know why would anyone think that since you used something called Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get the video removed. It seems that Rotolight is blaming a whole lot of others for their actions.
Ken White at Popehat has a lot more questions on his post Rotolight Tries To Unring The Censorious Bell including evidence from a commentator that the Rotolight CEO’s Wife is an entertainment lawyer who wrote a book on copyright law, so I would think pleading ignorance would be ludicrous.
The video that started this all has been reinstated by vimeo, I take it that Den filed the Counter DMCA you can see it here: Kino Flo Celeb vs Rotolight Anova side by side test Looking at the stats, it has had more places since it went back up then it had the entire time it was live.
While spending some time on my Facebook feed I came across a post I missed earlier by a friend of mine Den Lennie talking about censorship from a test he did on some lights. It would seem that the company Rotolight didn’t fare as well as they would have liked and decided to file a DMCA notice with Vimeo. This is a disturbing trend that companies are trying to use to remove tests that they don’t like, and even bigger brands are trying to use it as GoPro tried to do with a review it didn’t like. Though GoPro upper management realized it stepped in it and backtracked a bit saying it was just the images they were filing on not the review content. [Read more…]