Is something rotten in the state of the BBC?

48 hours is a long time in the humiliation of the BBC.


By Russell Bruce

The fiasco over BBC lawyers taking down video channels with snippets from news programmes on the YouTube channels of Wings over Scotland and Peter Curran, strikes at the heart of democratic debate in a pluralistic society where the pluralism of the media is under constant fire. As Alex Salmond explains the copyright ownership of the individuals who were interviewed or gave news comments was ignored by BBC lawyers in London.

Was the BBC being ignorant of copyright law or just opportunistically seizing the chance to take down independence supporting YouTube channels? Did the BBC lawyer simply lack proper understanding of copyright law and fair use of news footage?

Game set and match for Stuart Campbell and Alex Salmond?

Stuart Campbell of Wings lodged a counterclaim with YouTube.

Stuart Campbell

YouTube then referred the counterclaim back to the BBC and gave them 14 days to respond. The BBC folded within hours withdrawing their case, recognising with hindsight, it was a major blunder by the Corporation and the Wings YouTube channel is back. 48 hours is a long time in the humiliation of the BBC.

Newsnet is posting this video because the content of Alex Samond’s own video, hosted by The National and Stuart Campbell’s superior knowledge of copyright law are important to the wider independence supporting online media. We all have our place and different styles in our media contribution but we will stand together when it comes an unwarranted attack on any of us – a bit like NATO  or IAMO – Independence Alliance Media Organisation


  1. Still, Peter Curran’s channel remains shut down by the actions of the BBC. I think this is completely unacceptable. In the same way this abusive corporation exercised its power and influence to deliberately target and shut the pro-independence channels down without actually proving the breach of copyright, they should be demanded by the public to reinstate that channel ASAP. And if not, they should be demanded to be consistent and proceed to shut down each and every single one of the pro-union channels, including political websites from Conservative Party or Labour party that has alleged breached copyright like the ones the BBC alleges Curran and Campbell did. Anything else will be a solemn admission by the BBC that this broadcaster fully recognises it is biased towards pro-union views and therefore cannot longer be trusted in Scotland as balanced in its political reporting.

    So far, only the SNP has come out to speak about this outrageous abuse of power to deliberately target pro-independence sites. What is it, do Labour, Tories and LibDems agree with this type of dictatorship approach to determine what the people of Scotland can or cannot watch?

  2. Of course the BBC is biased. It will always act in the best interests of the Union. It’s the British Broadcasting Corporation after all, so really no big surprises there and as long as the Scots stay British nothing will change.


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