As reported earlier, Lyoness has successfully filed copyright infringement complaints against various users who have uploaded episodes of Dragons' Den Canada and ORF Report featuring Lyoness. These copyright claims are false, as Lyoness does not own any rights on these broadcasts. Respectively, the copyrights on the two shows are owned by CBC Television, which is a division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) - the national Canadian public broadcaster, and the Austrian public television corporation ORF.
Youtube writes about copyright infringement in its general terms and conditions:
"Do not make false claims. Misuse of [the copyright infringement] process may result in the suspension of your account or other legal consequences".
Youtube has been notified of the false claims made by Lyoness. The same goes for ORF, who has also removed the episode from its website, even though it won a case filed to the Austrian Press Association by Lyoness. Lyoness wanted to stop the broadcast of the concerned episode of ORF Report, but the Association ruled that Lyoness had no legal ground to do so, whatsoever.
Youtube also writes in its terms and conditions:
"7.6 You agree that you will not post or upload any Content which contains material which is [unlawful] for you to possess in the country in which you are resident, or which it would be unlawful for YouTube to use or possess in connection with the provision of the service."
As in most countries in which Lyoness is active, pyramid schemes are explicitly prohibited by law, Lyoness has violated this term by uploading its blatant propaganda to Youtube. Furthermore, it has made Youtube an accomplice, as in most of those countries, it is also illegal to promote a pyramid scheme.
In its 'Community Guidelines', Youtube writes:
"We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view".
Based on Youtube's current actions, this can be doubted.
From the same 'Guidelines':
"Everyone hates spam. Do not create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views. It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content".
Indeed everyone hates spam, just like everyone hates advertisement for scams, including pyramid schemes. Lyoness also violates the 'misleading descriptions' guideline by describing its business model as a shopping community, in order to hide its true, fraudulous nature.
In conclusion, the Lyoness propaganda circulating on Youtube is in violation of the conditions of Youtube use. Additionally, the false copyright claims filed by Lyoness are breaking these terms too. In other words, not the truth-telling, exposing episodes on Lyoness should be removed, but the propaganda selling the Lyoness scam as an 'innocent shopping community' definitely is. This propaganda should therefore immediately be removed from Youtube and Lyoness should be forbidden from making any further copyright infringement claims, as they have violated the terms of Youtube in this area.
Therefore, whenever you run into the blatant and deceitful Lyoness propaganda, do not forget to flag it as 'inappropriate', on the grounds of it masking and selling an illegal pyramid scheme. Also, share this message!