Our friends at G14 Productions informed us today that MyHeavy has been infringing on our Creative Commons license. As a result, I notified the Yahoo Videoblogging Group of the injustice, submitted the story to Digg and sent an e-mail to MyHeavy to rectify their mistake:

Subject: Notice of Copyright Infringement

Dear MyHeavy,

I wish to inform you that you have been illegally re-posting our content on MyHeavy.com. Galacticast (http://www.galacticast.com) is a web video show that is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/), which means:

  1. Attribution – There must be a link back to our original post at Galacticast.com
  2. Non-Commercial – You may not make profit from re-distributing our work (unless we have signed a pre-arranged licensing agreement)
  3. Share Alike – Our content must be re-distributed under an identical license.

MyHeavy has violated all three of the above clauses by not linking to our site, profiting by banner ad sales placed before and during our videos and by re-releasing our show under a “Copyright MyHeavy” license instead of the required identical Creative Commons license.

It has come to our attention that you have also infringed on the copyrights of other web video producers using other web hosts (Blip TV and Google Video) by re-posting their content without their knowledge. Be assured that we have already informed everybody in the Videoblogging community about this.

Please contact us to establish a licensing agreement. Otherwise, take this as notice to remove our content immediately. We expect you to reply directly to us (biz@galacticast.com) or to Mike Hudack at Blip TV (mike@blip.tv) within 24 hours.

Please note that a copy of this e-mail is being posted at http://www.galacticast.com.

Casey McKinnon
Executive Producer, Galacticast
Web: http://www.galacticast.com/
E-mail: biz@galacticast.com
Phone: ###-###-####