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[Ars] GoPro can fall from planes with no parachute, can’t get copyright law

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GoPro is a company that sells cameras geared towards extreme circumstances, like mountain biking, whitewater kayaking (both featured in the video on their website), and even falling out of airplanes or swimming with dolphins.

Another thing GoPro apparently wants to get extreme about is deleting reviews they don't like.

A GoPro "brand manager" has sent a DMCA takedown notice to DigitalRev, a photography shopping and discussion site. The review, titled "GOPRO Hero 3 vs SONY HDR-AS15—Which Action Camera should you get?" isn't up anymore. Instead, it has been replaced with a letter from GoPro.

Remarkably, GoPro's brand manager actually had the review taken down because of what he calls a "trademark" violation—something that isn't even covered by the DMCA, which is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Putting aside the fact that it is perfectly legal to use any trademarks one wants when writing a review, the process of writing reviews of any sort would be literally impossible without naming the trademarked products one is writing about.

GoPro can fall from planes with no parachute, can’t get copyright law


Apparently product reviews are now subject to DMCA take down notices. You can see the website that was affected here.
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good job gopro.. digitalrev is only like the top gear of the camera world..
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I have a gopro 3.

I'd rather have a Sony. The gopro is buggy, the box isn't very friendly in high speed (i use it on a helmet, motorcycling, and it sucks at aerodynamics)...

But, in the end, good camera overall.
    
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Gopro boycott incoming....
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Update: A GoPro representative has posted a response on Reddit calling the episode an "unfortunate miscommunication." The DMCA notice was about images used in sales:

Obviously, we welcome editorial reviews of our products. This letter was sent because DigitalRev is not an authorized reseller of GoPro products and they were using images and had incorrect branding and representation of our product in their online commerce store. As part of our program – we ask merchants who are selling our product to use authorized images.


That's right... Back-peddle.... Maybe use a Contour so we can see how fast you guys run.
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I own a Hero 1, Hero 2 and Hero 3. All great camera for me (I ride motorbikes) but I am thinking of changing to the Drift Innovations HD Ghost. My Hero 3 has crap capabilities in terms of external mics (need to drill case). lol off topic a bit I suppose.

I don't know what the big hub ub is about here anyway, many companies do this. IGN for one gets paid to put good reviews up for games and bad ones can be taken down if asked / payed for.
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I have a gopro 3.

I'd rather have a Sony. The gopro is buggy, the box isn't very friendly in high speed (i use it on a helmet, motorcycling, and it sucks at aerodynamics)...

But, in the end, good camera overall.

Nah mate get the Drift Ghost HD, its a lot better than the GP Hero 3 and Sony. Sony is Sony and their little proprietary stuff is annoying tbh

My hero 3 is buggy but my hero 1 or 2 aren't lol.

Another reason I want to upgrade to the Drift, the shape is better. Although (sorry for plug but http://youtu.be/DFE2v66GNnA) I do like the angles it can produce from the mounts!

lol sorry went into a camera review almost here! sorry
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"GoPro can fall from planes with no parachute"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU-KvtA20v8 specool.gif
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post #8 of 14
GoPro is becoming a joke. They were only like "the thing" when no other product had a equivalent but now they act like D-bags.


Also in case you guys don't watch Digital Rev .. GoPro actually won in the review and they STILL wanted the video down.
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post #9 of 14
that's totally idiotic. i can't see this ever holding up in court though
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GoPro is becoming a joke. They were only like "the thing" when no other product had a equivalent but now they act like D-bags.

This.
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