Copyright controversy

BASC has reported the League Against Cruel Sports to web giants Youtube and Vimeo for breach of copyright.

The League’s anti-shooting film, ‘Gunsmoke and Mirrors’, is said to contain footage from BASC’s own ‘An Introduction to Pheasant Shooting’. Both popular video-sharing websites have removed the League’s film until the question of its copyright is determined.

‘An Introduction to Pheasant Shooting’ was uploaded onto Youtube by BASCfilms in March 2011. It is one of many videos published online by BASC’s multimedia centre. With over 500 subscribers on Youtube alone, BASCfilms offers a range of informative shows that give insight into different forms of shooting, conservation projects, and other related topics, such as game preparation.

A BASC spokesman said: “Gunsmoke and Mirrors is littered with factual inaccuracies and misrepresents shooting. Now the film has been taken down this propaganda cannot be used to mislead politicians and the media.”

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