YouTube yanked my Star Wars on a Banjo video saying Warner Music Group was claiming infringement. Did I break the law? Do I have any recourse?
See the original MeFi thread
. This was a video of myself playing the Star Wars theme on the banjo in my house. I never made a penny off of it. It got to 1.5 million views though, and now they decided to pull it.
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Star Wars on a Banjo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQBRSwZiYS4
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Can they really do this? Can I fight back? That last paragraph makes me think that if I try to fight back, I might end up facing liability.
I'd really appreciate some advice!