YouTube Deletes All of Loic Le Meur’s Videos. Who Went Too Far?

By July 18, 2008

A few days ago, it was Mahalo. Today, it’s French blogger Loic Le Meur’s turn to see his account suspended from Google’s video sharing site YouTube, along with hundreds of his videos. Reading his post, where he begs the video sharing site to let him have access to his account, Le Meur has obviously been surprised by YouTube decision to suspend his online presence on the site. On the other hand, Mahalo Daily producer Tyler Crowley tells ValleyWag that “he [Crowley] received a number of violation notices in quick succession, triggering YouTube's "three strikes, you're out" account suspension policy — even though Mahalo Daily is part of the YouTube partner program.

Usually, one of the main reasons why YouTube radically suspends an account is because of violations of the company’s terms of use, copyright issues in other words. Le Meur talks about video interviews of himself and the possible request coming from the TV station TF1 to take down some videos that don’t comply with the law. But the blogger insists that his videos “are NOT a problem!” He claims the right to share the videos and affirms that he has written authorization. “For each of them I received an approval by email from the channel,” wrote the video blogger.

Today, Mahalo Daily is back on track and plays on YouTube again.

So is YouTube going too far by enabling users to access their entire account instead of dealing with each video that might be a potential problem? Did Le Meur have the right to publicly post all of his hundreds of videos. In the meantime, YouTube suspends the account.

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