It appears that last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy might be into some copyright issues. The show used a clip of the NES title Double Dribble from YouTube, rather than using an original clip. From there, the original video on YouTube was taken down by FOX, stating that the video infringed on the Family Guy copyright.
The YouTube clip of the classic sports title has been around since 2009, originally posted by YouTube user sw1tched.
In the latest episode of Family Guy, Peter convinces Cleveland to play a game of Double Dribble with him. However, the creators of Family Guy decided to utilize sw1tched’s video, rather than create their own. Compare the video above the the Family Guy scene below.
There is one difference between the two. The show replaces the CPU in the original with 2up. Other than this change and the addition of dialogue between the cast in Family Guy, there isn’t a difference between the two clips. Because of this, the original YouTube clip was taken down, with the video replaced with the text, “This video contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”
Many TV companies have an automated program that scans through YouTube clips looking to flag snippets from their shows, and one likely mistook the older video as a clip from Family Guy, and was taken down for a few days.
Seth MacFarlane, the show’s creator, chimed in on the issue, saying he was not involved but will look into it. A spokesman from Fox gave the statement below on the issue:
“The video in question was removed as a result of Fox’s routine efforts to protect its television show Family Guy from piracy. As soon as we became aware of the circumstances, the content was restored.”
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