CSJ didn't just post videos from C-SPAN, he has confirmed with C-SPAN in the past, and they are fine with him posting them.
However, he also posts videos from other sources, mainly FOX and MSNBC, but also other places.
FOX and MSNBC seem to be very liberal, and it's extremely rare for them to DMCA a video. However other sources like HBO (CSJ would sometimes post
clips from Bill Mahers Real Time) are very very very strict. They do takedowns all the time.
Just before CSJ was suspended, he had been posting some Bill Maher videos, I suspect that it is these that killed him. Once you have 3 strikes under
DMCA, YouTube rules (and possibly DMCA laws) mean that your account must be closed, that then removes all the other videos you had, even if they are
legit (or at least not been subject to takedown).
I don't see any conspiracy in the case of CSJ, he was working in a grey area of copyright news clips. Most of the time he was fine, but it only
takes one company to get angry and DMCA three videos, and it's all over.
He's back on YouTube again though, this time as MoxNewsDotCom (unfair and biased)
I expect he will be more careful this time, and not post clips from whoever killed him last time. He's still posting FOX/MSNBC/C-SPAN stuff. If he
keeps to those three sources, he should be safe unless MSNBC/FOX change their policy and start going after people.
The copyright issues are not really YouTubes fault at all. They don't suspend people/remove videos until a DMCA request is recieved. YouTube
basically does the minimum it has to by law.
In the case of videos being pulled for Racism, well that is a YouTube issue, that is based on people 'flagging' the video.
[edit on 7-9-2009 by harpsounds]