New York resident Alfonzo Cutaia (an intelectual property attorney) sensed last year that he had a hit video on his hands and used the YouTube's account monetization program to generate some revenue.
The attorney uploaded his footage to the video site and selected "Standard YouTube License" that grants Youtube (and Youtube only) "a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and YouTube's (and its successors' and affiliates') business". All other rights are reserved to the copyright owner and standard copyright laws and exceptions apply.
According to a lawsuit filed this week by Cutaia in a New York court, around November 18 Canada’s CBC aired the video online without permission, with a CBC logo as an overlay.
After complaining to CBC about continued unauthorized use, last month Cutaia was told by CBC that the company had obtained the video from CNN on a 10-day license. However, Cutaia claims that the video was used by CBC and its partners for many months, having been supplied to them by CNN who also did not have a license. CBC and CNN are also accused of distributing the video despite knowing that the copyright management information had been removed.