Vancouver rioters accidentally identify themselves

Finally, copyright claims everyone can agree with

Here’s a copyright story that has nothing to do with music downloads or movie piracy.

As was widely reported following the Vancouver hockey riots, social media was used to crowdsource a vigilante effort to identify the jerks who tore up their own city. Sites like Identifyrioters.com were launched to post pictures of the mayhem. They encourage users to click an “I know who this is!” button to link a pic to a person. Allegations are not posted publicly. They’re forwarded to the cops, who can follow up and see if the names fit the pics. Facebook also hosted similar armchair vigilante efforts, and video of the carnage was posted and scrutinized several sites. The online exposure was such that some rioters turned themselves in after finding their douchebaggery digitally documented.

But some of the hooligans exposed on Youtube found a clever way to get the video removed—copyright claims. Under Youtube’s “Notice and Takedown” policy, all you need to do is claim you own the rights to a video and demand that it be removed, and Youtube will remove it. The video’s uploader will be informed of the allegation and then have a chance to challenge it.

But here’s the rub: in order to claim ownership of a video’s copyright, you have to identify yourself. And when Youtube informs the uploader that they’re being accused of a copyright violation, they have to tell them who their accuser is. So rioters are indirectly handing their names over to the very people who were trying to identify them.

Dave Teixeira of Port Coquitlam runs the site canucksriot2011.com. He posted a video of a guy getting hit in the groin with a stun grenade. Youtube told him “Flashing Nut Shot” was removed due to a copyright complaint filed by a certain individual. Texieria simply forwarded the complainer’s name to the police.

Yay, Internet!




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Vancouver rioters accidentally identify themselves

  1. Such clever…technically aware….young people….who take photos and film by phone all the time, and upload them to youtube….didn’t realize the same could be done to them in a riot. Sigh.

    Let’s just hope this deters other riot-wannabees

  2. “As was widely reported following the Vancouver hockey riots, social media was used to crowd source a vigilante effort to identify the jerks who tore up their own city …… 

    Yay, Internet!”

    Internet is a tool, for good and bad. 

    We should actually be cheering the little platoons, people who make Canada worthwhile to live in. 

    Maclean’s:

    Dave Texieria of Port Coquitlam runs the site canucksriot2011.com. He posted a video of a guy getting hit in the groin with a stun grenade. Youtube told him “Flashing Nut Shot” was removed due to a copyright complaint filed by a certain individual. Texieria simply forwarded the complainer’s name to the police.

    Globe – June 2011

    When two of the Stanley Cup rioters yanked a metal grate from the ground so they could smash it through a liquor-store window, Shanna Selinger threw herself into the line of fire. The 30-year-old tried to talk some sense into the drunken crowd and, for her trouble, was jeered and had a bottle flung in her direction.

    Edmund Burke: 

    To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind. 

    The interest of that portion of social arrangement is a trust in the hands of all those who compose it; and as none but bad men would justify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their own personal advantage.

  3. Hey, nobody claimed these guys were very bright.

  4. There are such things called “stun-grenades?”  Yikes.

  5. I have no sympathy for the rioters who committed crimes (as opposed to people going home and getting trapped downtown).  Prosecute them appropriately.  But I have to ask:  How does this individual qualify?  Did he do something criminal before being hit by the stun grenade that isn’t reported in this blog post?  Is it the same guy pictured standing on the police cruiser?

    He posted a video of a guy getting hit in the groin with a stun grenade. Youtube told him “Flashing Nut Shot” was removed due to a copyright complaint filed by a certain individual. Texieria simply forwarded the complainer’s name to the police.

  6. I can’t wait to see how the VPD will handle this.  The riot act can have some harsh consequences.

    “In Canada, the Riot Act has been incorporated in a modified form into ss. 32-33 and 64-69 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The proclamation is worded as follows:
    Her Majesty the Queen charges and commands all persons being assembled immediately to disperse and peaceably to depart to their habitations or to their lawful business on the pain of being guilty of an offence for which, on conviction, they may be sentenced to imprisonment for life. God Save the Queen.Unlike the original Riot Act, the Criminal Code requires the assembled people to disperse within 30 minutes. Paragraph 68 provides for the life imprisonment should the proclamation be ignored. In the absence of a proclamation, paragraph 65 stipulates imprisonment for not more than 2 years as punishment for rioting.”

    My suggestion was to get them in the pocket book – a substantial fine which would link to their driver’s license and/or their credit record.  Jail would only cost the public coffers more than it has already.   The fact London Drugs is committed to sue to recover losses is a big plus.

    Just think, pictures of these losers preening in front of burning cars and smashed storefronts will be available to the public forever.

    Yay, Internet!

  7. Hey man, that guy totally ripped off my weed, aren’t you going to, like, arrest him?

  8. Whereas at the G20 police riot, uniformed police officers who beat up innocent civilians while working on scheduled shifts alongside other uniformed police officers were next to impossible to identify from their photos. Maybe the Toronto Police Department doesn’t have an Internet connection?

  9. Seems like Canada is going to need as many jails as the United States if this keeps up. Canadian aggression is more than in the United States if you ask me…

    • Whoa there … this situation was despicable, to be sure, but let’s be careful not to go overboard. More aggression than in the U.S.? Not even close, thank goodness.

    • Yes, there were a few incidents where rioters went overboard, there’s no excuse for that but, it wasn’t like people were whipping out machine guns or stoning people to death. Those rioters were laughing and people were milling around taking video’s.

       I do believe our post reactions of the majority was what counts and differ’s us from many other riots. The thousands of volunteers who cleaned up our streets, the love and apologies signs all over Vancouver. I work at one of the building that was pillaged by rioters, I received so much show of support and condolences from random Vancouverites. 

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