After some email to-and-froing, my suspended account has been reinstated with its 250,000+ views and all associated metadata intact.
I sincerely apologize for our delayed response to your email. We have
received an exceedingly large volume of email recently, and are only now
beginning to catch up.
On 2007.02.02 you had videos removed from your account as a result of a
claim of copyright infringement from Viacom International. Due to a
technical problem, some users were not properly notified when videos were
removed, I am very sorry for this.
At that time your account was disabled by mistake. I have been able to
reactivate your account. For technical reasons it may take a day for your
videos to be available again. I apologize for the mistake and the
A legal expert friend of mine noted that this reply constituted “more apologies than any legal department would ordinarily authorise without such a communication being tantamount to an admission of liability”. Indeed.
I trust that this show of contrition from the company owned by the ‘Don’t be evil’ hegemon has nothing to do with the threats of Berkman-inspired countersuits
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