As fans and critics try to piece together what went wrong on Saturday’s huge crash, video of the event has garner attention, with NASCAR going as far as to insist YouTube remove the video
The video, taken by ‘tyler4dx’, was originally being claimed to have infringed upon NASCAR’s rights. NASCAR comment on the matter saying
“The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today’s Nascar Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today’s accident. Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident”
YouTube responded quickly, keeping the video in the public realm.
“Our partners and users do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they contain content which is copyright infringing, which is why we have reinstated the videos.”
Seeing as NASCAR has never had objections against any videos that were fan-shot, or have claimed infringement or otherwise requested to have a video pulled down, some people are claiming NASCAR was trying to save face.
It this about preserving the public image? Or should YouTube comply, and remove the videos?