Numerous Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) videos which were uploaded to online video platforms such as YouTube have been removed due to copyright infringement. The company behind the video take downs, Aiplex Software, explained that they have been authorized by ANN7 to remove the videos.
ANN7 was launched on 21 August 2013, offering 24 hour African news coverage on channel 405 on DStv.
South African Internet users were quick to record and upload blunders on the ANN7 news channel.
These videos went viral on social media channels, and ANN7 quickly became the subject of ridicule in the Internet.
Media reports about teething problems at ANN7 followed, using the videos posted online to illustrate blunders at the newly launched news channel.
Over the weekend most of these videos were removed from YouTube. Users trying to view these videos were greeted by the message “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Aiplex Software Pvt. Ltd”.
Aiplex Software, headquartered in Bangalore, is a company which specialises in online anti-piracy and brand protection.
Aiplex Managing Director Ginish Kumar told MyBroadband that they have been authorized to remove any videos or footage which have the ANN7 logo.
MyBroadband tried to reach ANN7 to gain more insight into the take down notices. The New Age, who answered the ANN7 telephone number, could however not reach an ANN7 staff member who could speak to the media.
An e-mail to ANN7 about the video take downs was also not answered by the time of publication.