TV Museum will die in 48 hours unless Sony retracts YouTube copyright strikes

The Museum of Classic Chicago Television owes its existence to Sony’s win in the Betamax case. The museum’s president, Rick Klein, and his team began collecting analog commercials and TV clips in 2007 and transitioned to an online presence on YouTube. However, their channel is now at risk of being terminated due to copyright claims made by an anti-piracy company acting on behalf of Sony. Klein is desperately trying to resolve the claims and save the project, which has garnered over 80 million views and has become a beloved non-profit organization. The channel showcases old TV broadcasts, complete with original commercials, providing viewers with a glimpse into the past. Klein hopes that Sony will recognize the value of preserving these historical recordings and allow the museum to continue its work.

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