Cowboy Group Tries to Censor Animal Welfare Nonprofit

As part of its campaign to raise awareness about the treatment of animals at rodeos, nonprofit group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) posted a series of videos of rodeo events to YouTube. In response, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) filed takedown demands for 13 of the videos under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), claiming the videos infringed their copyrights -- despite the fact that the PRCA has no copyright claim in live rodeo events. Initially, SHARK's entire YouTube account was canceled, but the account was reinstated after EFF and SHARK sued, eventually obtaining a settlement from the PRCA.

Original Title of Threatened Content: 
GRAPHIC -- Rodeos Abuse, Maim and Kill Animals
December 11, 2007