CBS blocks Angry Joe Show’s Star Trek: Picard review for using just 26 seconds of the official trailer

YouTube’s broken copyright system continues to be used against creators.


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Joe Vargas, host of The Angry Joe Show, has slammed CBS after his Star Trek: Picard review was blocked worldwide on YouTube as the result of a questionable copyright claim.

CBS filed the claim over Vargas’ use of two 13-second clips from the publicly available Picard trailer in his 40-minute video review.

CBS manually claimed content found during “31:45 - 32:13” of the 40-minute video which resulted in it being blocked worldwide on YouTube (Twitter - @AngryJoeShow)
CBS manually claimed content found during “31:45 – 32:13” of the 40-minute video which resulted in it being blocked worldwide on YouTube (Twitter – @AngryJoeShow)
YouTube emailed Vargas telling him the video was blocked worldwide (Twitter - @AngryJoeShow)
YouTube emailed Vargas telling him the video was blocked worldwide (Twitter – @AngryJoeShow)
Vargas included two 13 second clips from the Picard trailer in his video during these timestamps (Twitter - @AngryJoeShow)
Vargas included two 13 second clips from the Picard trailer in his video during these timestamps (Twitter – @AngryJoeShow)
Viewers who attempt to watch The Angry Joe Show’s review of Star Trek: Picard are told that it’s been blocked by CBS on copyright grounds (YouTube - AngryJoeShow)
Viewers who attempt to watch The Angry Joe Show’s review of Star Trek: Picard are told that it’s been blocked by CBS on copyright grounds (YouTube – AngryJoeShow)

Based on the screenshot, it appears that Vargas was discussing the clips while they were on-screen and Vargas argues that this should constitute fair use – a provision in copyright law that allows copyrighted material to be used without permission from the copyright holder for transformative purposes such as commentary and criticism.

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This was also a manual claim which means someone at CBS or working on behalf of CBS decided to block the video rather than it being an automated decision by YouTube’s algorithm.

The takedown of Vargas’s review comes days after digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation slammed YouTube for failing to make fair use a priority and forcing YouTubers to cut out valid fair use clips from their videos.

It’s also the latest of several examples of large corporations using YouTube’s copyright system to censor or claim the revenue on reviews and commentary of movies and TV shows.

Last November, multiple YouTubers reported that their videos about Batwoman were being claimed by Warner Bros. Television. And YouTube videos about the infamous Captain Marvel motorcycle scene, where the character assaults a man and steals his motorcycle after he tells her to smile, were also blocked after copyright claims from Disney.


Tom Parker

Tom Parker is a head contributor for Reclaim The Net and provides news and analysis on how we can promote free speech, stop censorship, and protect our personal data online. [email protected]