Climate Crock Anthony Watts Scrubs YouTube Video

Mon, 2009-07-27 15:54Kevin Grandia
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Climate Crock Anthony Watts Scrubs YouTube Video

UPDATE: You can download a copy of Sinclair’s Climate Crock: What’s Up With Watts here (39MB format: .mov) - it has been taking forever to get up on Vimeo.

So what do you do when someone posts a YouTube video saying you’re a crock? One way is to complain and get it wiped clean off the ‘inter-tubes.’

A video called “Climate Crock of the Week” about head-in-the-sand global warming denier Anthony Watts was posted last week on YouTube by Peter Sinclair who has been running the “Climate Crock” series for quite sometime now.

The video was making the blogosphere rounds, getting a lot of comments on YouTube and on a post I did over the weekend here on DeSmogBlog as well as Huffington. And then “poof” this happened: 

The video was removed after Watts complained under YouTube’s Copyright Infringement guidelines. This has become known as a DMCA Takedown - with the DMCA being the US copyright law used to criminalize anyone infringing and/or circumventing copyrighted works.

Before I posted Sinclair’s youtube video, as I normally do with any YouTube video I post, I vetted it from a DMCA point of view and, quite frankly I don’t know what part of the video Watts would have a problem with. There’s nothing I saw in the video that appears to break any copyright as it relates to Watts.

Now maybe he took issue with the short (credited) clip at the beginning from Will Ferrell’s Anchorman movie…. but I think this is more about a video that thoroughly shreds Watts and his argument that the world is wrong about climate change and he is right.

So what is it Watts? Instead of hiding behind an automated service that deletes any video on YouTube that someone claims infringes DMCA, why don’t you email me (desmogblog [at] gmail [dot] com) and explain why you think Sinclair’s video should not be viewed by the public.

Previous Comments

I thought it was hysterical. He can’t understand the science, and he can’t cope when he gets a dose of what he tries to dish out. He probably does more harm than good to the skeptic “debate”.

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I have to admit it doesn’t look good for the skeptic side when something gets scrubbed like this. Watts loses some stature here unless he can post something convincing about why he did it on his blog. Silence won’t get it done.

There are lots of websites for streaming video who won’t entertain his takedown requests. Up it there. Or create a torrent. Something please as I missed it before it was taken down.

Should be available for download as well as viewing in about a half hour.Stay tuned.

I was just coming to see if we could find another home for it, but you’re already on it. Well done.

I’ll inform Joe Romm; I think he might also be interested.

Just added this to the post - UPDATE: You can download a copy of Sinclair’s Climate Crock: What’s Up With Watts here (39MB format: .mov) - it has been taking forever to get up on Vimeo.

When he gets a dose of what he tries to dish out. He probably does more harm than good to the skeptic “debate”.

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I think this is more about a video that thoroughly shreds Watts and his argument that the world is wrong about climate change and he is right.

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