A few months ago Blip.tv decided, out of the blue, to delete my account on their site. The motivation provided was, I quote,
«I’m sorry, but we’ve had to remove your account from blip.tv because we determined that you were posting videos that didn’t belong to you. Sometimes when we find this we just remove the videos themselves. In your case the videos were either major copyright violations or made up a significant enough portion of your show that we felt that the only responsible thing for us to do was to revoke your account.»
No details about which videos were violating the ToS and why were provided; my access was completely and definitively suspended. Tossers. The right procedure would have been to hide the account (and related videos) to the public and let me review my videos. Instead, by deleting the evidences they didn’t give me any chance to prove them wrong.
I am quite sure this is an abuse of power, and definitely sure it’s illegal according to the UK laws. As a matter of fact, despite not being English, I used to work for a company (which I won’t mention the name of for obvious reasons) that, according to the law, couldn’t delete messages from their public forums: the moderated messages went to a private forum, because people must have the right to complain and go to the court; and evidences must be provided by the “authority” who moderated the messages.
Whether or not these or similar laws can be applied to Blip.tv, the fundamental behaviour is wrong, and companies shouldn’t be allowed at all to act like that.
Of course, I changed service. And just in time, I’d say, since I was thinking to go “premium” with them. Thanks to show your vile nature, blip.tv.