How do I sue MGM for libel?

Back from a week in Scotland on RBR tour, I have this cheerful message in my inbox:

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc. claiming that this material is infringing:

Kill Spills 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWJV2Jva45k

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to avoid future strikes against your account, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

Sincerely,
YouTube, Inc.

This is a video shot 100% by me at the 2006 rally. It hasn’t got a commercial soundtrack, because I am not stupid.

At the very least MGM should have to say what it is they claim belongs to them. The movie has a few interviews: Dr Leon Mannings, Trevor Magner and Jeff Stone of the BMF, footage of Stephen Edwards giving the Kill Spills award to Sainsburys, and bikes heading down Downing Street. Have any of these people been bought by MGM? Is “BMF – The Movie” coming soon?

I find the big red splash across my YouTube account profoundly offensive. MGM are calling me a plagiarist and copyright thief and that’s just bloody rude. I have submitted my Counter Notice but not having a massive team of lawyers it probably will sink under a pile of similar responses.

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One response to “How do I sue MGM for libel?

  1. Did you assert copyright on the movie itself? E.g (c) 2006 Highwaylass.The yanks get on my wick with their ambitions to apply their laws internationally – I agree with Jeremy Clarkson on what to do with the USofAttfn

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