Busted by Lowes Union-Busters
Union-busters at Lowes file complaint with YouTube that UCOMM was blowing up their spot.
Since the beginning of the internet, there has been the fight between getting information out to the masses and protecting copyrights. Napster faced hundreds of lawsuits from artists trying to protect their art in one of the first big internet copyright battles. While the artists were trying to preserve their way of making a living, some companies use this power to prevent whistleblowers from getting damaging information about them out to the public.
Over the summer a video came across UCOMM’s desk. The video produced by Lowe’s was created to dissuade workers from organizing commonly known as a "unionbusting" video. While the video was making its way around Facebook and Twitter, it was consistently being taken down by YouTube. A mass of broken links began showing up on Facebook. When UCOMM decided to share the video the only place that it could be found was on a weird, off shore pirate video site. Worrying that they would also have the video taken down, UCOMM edited the video to make sure that in the short period of time it might be up, viewers could see Lowe's terrorizing its work force.
We thought that the video would only stay up for a few days, but luckily for everybody the union busters at Lowe's took their sweet ass time. On January 30th YouTube finally notified UCOMM that Lowes and Projections Incorporated had sent a legal notice demanding that YouTube take our edited video down due to copyright infringement. You can check out the email below.
After the notice, UCOMM’s Brian Young was forced to go through YouTube’s reeducation process on their copyright rules. Without this class, UCOMM would not be allowed to upload anymore videos! After sitting through a 4-and-a-half-minute cartoon video that explains copyright policy, Brian answered the simple 4 question test and we were back in business.
It’s astounding the lengths that Lowes would go to prevent their employees from organizing and the public learning the truth about their unethical business practices. The 12-minute video showed the real face of the company and what they really think of their workers, so no wonder why they wanted to keep this little secret swept under the rug.
While Lowes can keep the video off of YouTube, they can’t keep UCOMM from sending it around, so if you are interested in seeing the edited video feel free to email us at email@example.com.