Officials as NASCAR used YouTube’s copyright system on Saturday night to wrongfully have a video removed from the social video network.
The crash at Daytona on Saturday morning injured at least 28 people and was caught on film by spectator Tyler Anderson.
In his video Anderson captures the entire wreck along with shards of damage that were thrown into the crowd. The video even shows a tire from one of the vehicles flying into the stands.
NASCAR attempted to claim copyright on the issue, however the video soon began surfacing all over the internet.
After filing for the video to be removed NASCAR issued the following statement:
The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today’s accident. Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident.—Steve Phelps, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
YouTube eventually examined the video and determined that NASCAR did not own the footage and therefore could not claim copyright violation.
At the entrance to NASCAR events the organization tells spectators s that video and picture taking is prohibited. Enforcing the video and photo rule is nearly impossible thanks to the advent of smartphones.
Here is the NASCAR crash video that was removed and eventually replaced by YouTube: