Samsung Using DMCA To Remove Exploding Note 7 GTA Mod Videos

first_img Samsung is still dealing with the fallout from the recall and cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following repeated and widespread battery fires. It’s a PR nightmare to be sure, but Samsung doesn’t want you making fun of it. Some jokesters using a certain GTA V mod to poke fun at the Note 7 on YouTube have found their videos pulled in response to Samsung’s totally inappropriate use of the site’s DMCA tools.The Note 7 quickly gained a reputation for bursting into flames after its release due to faulty batteries. Game modder HitmanNiko took inspiration from this situation to make a mod for GTA V on the PC. In the Note 7 Bomb mod makes the Note 7 into a sticky bomb that players can use to blow things up. It’s pretty funny, unless you’re one of Samsung’s lawyers, apparently.Numerous YouTube videos featuring the mod have been taken down due to a DMCA complaint from Samsung (including one of the video in our original post on the mod). This system is in place for copyright holders to make sure their content is not used without authorization, and the process strongly favors the copyright holder. The video uploader can appeal, but in the meantime the video is unavailable.This seems like a totally inappropriate use of DMCA complaints on Samsung’s part. A simple depiction of the Note 7 isn’t infringement. The mod isn’t copying Samsung’s intellectual property — it’s no different than posting a photo of the Note 7 on the internet. Samsung is doing this because it’s embarrassed and wants to put the whole Note 7 mess behind it. Heavy handed DMCA tactics aren’t going to make that happen any faster, though. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyGalaxy Note 7, Fan Edition ‘Same Phone’ with Different Batte… Stay on targetlast_img read more