YouTube Pulls Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention Speech In 'Error'

First Lady Michelle Obama's speech created quite the social media buzz last night.

But if you tried tuning into the Democratic National Convention via YouTube, or the DemConvention2012 YouTube channel, then you were met with one disappointing message:

This video contains content from WMG, SME, Associated Press (AP), UMG, Dow Jones, New York Times Digital, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), Warner Chappell, UMPG Publishing and EMI Music Publishing, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

YouTube is the "official streaming partner" of the DNC, according to Wired. Yet live coverage of this important political event was cut short for reasons that are still being identified. The video of last night's speech has since been marked private on the DemConvention2012 channel (shown below).

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YouTube claims that the message was, in fact, put up in error. A company spokesperson told GigaOm, "After tonight’s live stream ended, YouTube briefly showed an incorrect error message. Neither the live stream nor any of the channel’s videos were affected.”

But wasn't the President's YouTube channel affected? Thousands were unable to access Michelle Obama's live speech, and viewers are still prohibited from watching the video through certain outlets. As of now, the site shows a ticking countdown to the next livestream, set to take place this evening in Charlotte, North Carolina. Luckily, The Washington Post has posted a video of the First Lady's speech in its entirety here.

Not long after, the incident received some snarky analysis by internet bad-boy Kim Dotcom, best known as the man behind the file-sharing locker Megaupload, which was dramatically shut down earlier this year in a U.S.-led effort aimed at cracking down on copyright violations. Tweeted Dotcom:

Wired alleges that YouTube's error is most likely due to "pre-emptive content filters, which allow large media companies to upload content they claim to own and automatically block videos that an algorithm decides matches their own."

Maybe the algorithm will be fixed in time for tonight's livestream?

Were you unable to access the First Lady's speech? What are your thoughts on YouTube's current copyright policy? Sound off in the comments section or tweet us your thoughts at [@HuffPostTech]. Then check out the slideshow below of celebs and politicians with tons of Twitter fake followers, or read more about the Democratic National Convention.



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