Malcolm in the Middle just had a very bizarre plot twist.
For the record, Sony Pictures is trying to get me to take this down saying that it’s copyrighted material. I assume that they’re talking about the first 15 seconds of this clip which shows a snippet of a scene from “Breaking Bad”. This clearly falls under fair use and will not be removed so yeah, I could be in for a world of shit.
Here’s the original email I received from them:
Comment: 19 November 2013
Re: Infringing Website: http://www.slothed.com – Notice of Infringement
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am writing on behalf of Sony Pictures Television Inc. (“SPT“). SPT owns certain rights under copyright law in “BREAKING BAD Alternative Ending” (“Intellectual Property”). There is a link on slothed.com that allows for the transmission and/or downloading of the Intellectual Property, in violation of SPT‘s exclusive rights under copyright law. See Exhibit A for specifics.
The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of SPT’s copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.
In light of the foregoing, we hereby demand that you immediately cease such unlawful activities and take steps to ensure that, in the future, your Website does not infringe upon SPT‘s exclusive rights under copyright. Without limitation, we demand that you immediately cease and desist from using the Website to directly or indirectly cause, contribute to, enable, facilitate, aid, abet, induce, encourage, and/or participate in the infringement of SPT’s copyrighted works, including but not limited to the Intellectual Property as identified in Exhibit A.
We believe this information is sufficient for you to locate and cease the infringing activities complained about herein. We are providing this notice based on our good faith belief that the use of motion pictures and television programs owned by SPT in the manner occurring via the Website is not authorized by the copyright owners, their agents, or the law. The information in this notification is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, we are authorized to act on behalf of the owners of the exclusive rights that are being infringed. This letter is without prejudice to the rights and remedies of SPT, all of which are expressly reserved.
I can be contacted at:
MarkMonitor Anti-Piracy Team
Exhibit A to Notice of Infringement
List of Infringing Item or Material
Name of Intellectual Property Owner: Sony Pictures Television Inc.
11/19/2013 00:00:00 http://slothed.com/2013/11/17/breaking-bad-alternate-ending/
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I’ve emailed them to clarify what exactly they are claiming is copyright infringement. I’ll update when/if I hear back.