Public Domain, YouTube and DMCA

In January I uploaded a silent film video which I found on Wikimedia Commons to YouTube. This said film has fallen under the public domain, due to age. Less than one week later I recived a DMCA takedown notice from Milestone FIlms, via YouTube.

This was quite shocking for me, since the video is clearly old and should be in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

I had to go looking on multiple different help guides and forums to understand how I could refute the takedown notice. It took about one week, if not more, to have the file restored.

In January I uploaded a silent film video which I found on Wikimedia Commons to YouTube. This said film has fallen under the public domain, due to age. Less than one week later I received a DMCA takedown notice from Milestone FIlms, via YouTube.

Anyways, now the video has been restored – finally. So go watch it!

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