The TF1 group was recently at the heart of a mini controversy on the web for having blocked a video published on YouTube that the chain had itself copied.
The video in question was a spot made by journalist Julien Ménielle for the newspaper 20 Minutes in which he questioned José Bové. The images were subsequently recovered by TF1 for the needs of a parody orchestrated by Nicolas Canteloup. So far, no real problem since copyright tolerates repeats as a parody.
But it was when the journalist recovered the parody that he published on his YouTube account, amused by the hijacking, that TF1 had the video in question blocked on the pretext of copyright infringement.
For a few days, the video in question was therefore blocked automatically by YouTube, on an automated request from TF1. TV channels have been trying for several months to impose automatic filters to prevent Internet users from retrieving their programs to make them freely available on the Google video platform. Filtering is done through the recognition of a special watermark spotted by YouTube algorithms.
In fact, the journalist behind the original video was notified via an automatic message from YouTube, explaining that he now has a copyright infringement warning, adding that after a number of these warnings, his account could be limited, suspended or permanently deleted as well as all the content associated with his channel.
Finally, without any details concerning the discussions being revealed, the blocking request was lifted, and the video is now visible again from Julien Ménielle's channel. Still, in principle, TF1 was within its rights and could have legally maintained the blockage without any recourse being possible for the journalist.