A dad in Dunedin, New Zealand has been left bewildered after a 53 second video of his dancing daughter was removed from Facebook.
The video, which showed Chloe Knights, 5, dancing before school, had a song from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip playing in the background.
Facebook removes video of dancing 5-year-old
A video showing a 5-year-old girl dancing to a song from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip movie, playing in the background, is removed from Facebook due to copyright infringements.
Richard Knights received a message from Facebook shortly after uploading the clip informing him the video had been removed due to copyright infringements.
"It just never crossed my mind that 30 seconds of a song in the background could constitute that ... that's just bloody stupid," he said.
20th Century Fox holds the copyright to the Alvin and the Chipmunks film series but refused to comment beyond confirming its copyright.
"I would have understood if I'd put the whole movie up, or even a clip of the movie, but the song was barely even recognisable," Knights said.
Facebook did not respond to requests for comment but copyright guidelines on the site were vague about what was allowed.
"We can't provide you with any legal advice ... If you're not sure, don't post it," a post on Facebook's copyright guidelines page said.
Sebastien Aymeric, an associate at James & Wells Patent and Trademark Attorneys, said this was an example of Facebook taking infringement laws very literally.
"In other countries there is fair use guidelines, where someone wouldn't be considered to be infringing copyright laws as long as they were using the content in good faith, not-for-profit and not in a commercial setting," he said.
"New Zealand doesn't have anything like that."
"I guess at the end of the day you have to ask what harm does a little girl dancing to Alvin and the Chipmunks do to 20th Century Fox ... if anything it's free advertising."
Facebook's help centre had a regular stream of complaints from users about the removal of personal videos.
"I'm livid about a video I made of my little cousin doing hand stands in slow motion with 'Chariots of Fire' playing in the background being removed for copyright infringement, it was 52 seconds of a song that I shared with just my friends," posted Katie Gamache.
Richard Knights had appealed Facebook's decision to take the video down and said he had every right to post it
"What has the world come to if I can't even share a video of my dancing 5-year-old with my family in the UK."
"Isn't that what Facebook's for?"