There was a time when a company or a celebrity could apologize for a gaffe reported by the media or committed in front of television cameras and the matter would simply fade into memory. (Television stations might collect a blooper reel that would be shown only to insiders later on.) Not so in the day of the Internet, when those gaffes remain on Google or on YouTube seemingly forever. But San Francisco TV station KTVU may have found a way of erasing its most recent blunder, a report listing the fake names of the crew members of the Asiana flight that crashed at the local airport on July 10 (beginning with the name of the pilot, Captain Sum Ting Wong): the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMC). It has asked YouTube to remove the video of its report on grounds that it violates its copyright. In a statement, KTVU General Manager Tom Raponi said, Consistent with our apology, we are carrying through on our responsibility to minimize the thoughtless repetition of the video by others. Those attempting to view the video on YouTube are now greeted with a message that reads, This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KTVU.
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