SF Eviction Attorneys Use Copyright Law to Get Protest Removed

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    Mentions of San Francisco law firm Bornstein & Bornstein, known for its work on landlords' eviction suits, can be found all over the Internet.

    But just not on YouTube after attorneys had it yanked for copyright violations, according to reports.

    Video of anti-eviction protesters' interruption of a Bornstein seminar was removed from the site after Daniel Bornstein filed a copyright claim with the website, according to the San Francisco Appeal.

    The protesters burst into an "Eviction Boot Camp" seminar, one of several the lawyers held in San Francisco beginning last year.

    A seminar held on Jan. 16 at Fort Mason was also attended by journalist and Tenants' Union volunteer Jackson West, who filmed the encounter and uploaded a video to YouTube.

    The YouTube video was disabled after "The Law Offices of Bornstein & Bornstein" claimed that the video violated privileged material, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

    West contends that there were no warnings against filming posted at the event, no releases were signed, and "none of the footage included Daniel Bornstein's prepared remarks or materials," the online newspaper reported.

    So was Bornstein out of order by demanding the video be removed? Doing so may be the precursor to litigation, West notes.

    Anti-eviction protest at San Francisco landlord lawyer seminar from jacksonwest on Vimeo.