Funny things have happened in the past 15 months, and this is the latest.
I got an email from Youtube telling me one of the videos I uploaded on my Youtube channel last year is in copyright violation and Youtube is penalizing my account status. I went to look at which video and what entity is claiming the violation.
After all, all the videos I post there is directly from TEPCO's Photos and Videos page, with the explicit word from TEPCO that the use of the videos and photos on the page does not need a written permission. The video in question is right from that page, as with any other videos that I have posted.
It is the video from October last year, in which TEPCO employees investigated the upper floors of Reactor 1 building, braving the high radiation.
Is TEPCO claiming the copyright violation?
No it was TV Asahi Corporation.
I've disputed the claim as preposterous on Asahi's part to claim TEPCO's video as their own. During the dispute, the video is still on my channel. The video is always available on TEPCO's site (in Japanese, and in English).
It's quite puzzling, pointless, nothing short of harassment.
I remember Yomiuri claimed the copyright of the aerial footage of the plant taken by the Self Defense Force last year, and the video was taken down.
It also attests to the laziness of Youtube, who simply takes the word of any entity claiming "copyright".