Samsung takes down GTA V sticky bomb Note 7 mod video

It took Samsung more than two weeks to respond to the sticky bomb mod created by a GTA V fan, but the company's answer seems rather hasty, not a well-weighed decision.

The South Korean company has issued a DMCA takedown aimed at the YouTube video showing the GTA V mod created by user HitmanNiko. Google complied and removed the video, so now those who want to watch it are met with the following message:

The problem is HitmanNiko did not copy anything, so the DMCA shouldn't have been enforced by Google. We don't know if the creator of the video appealed Samsung's request, but the good news is the sticky bomb mod video is still available for viewing on other YouTube channels.

Although it was to be expected that Samsung would take offense to the idea of Galaxy Note 7 being used as a bomb in a high-profile game, the way the company chose to deal with it seems completely inadequate.

If you're not familiar with the GTA V game or the sticky bomb mod video, we're letting you know that you haven't missed too much. The GTA V mod turns the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 into an in-game weapon, a grenade.

Even though Samsung's DMCA has been validated by Google for now, it remains to be seen whether or not the South Korean company will act similarly against other YouTube users who uploaded the video on their channels. You see, completely erasing a video from the Internet is not an easy task.

source: YouTube via The Verge

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1. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Streisand effect at work here gentlemen!

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"HitmanNiko did not copy anything" but he copy the whole phone design, complete with samsung logo and note7 name, lol... but, is it even worth a news? news about 1 video removed from youtube? seriously? :-/

4. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You have no idea how big this is in on almost every tech outlet right now. The crazy thing is Samsung, in their attempt to silence the Note uproar, has only made it much worse. I'm dying laughing at the reddit responses man :D. Why couldn't they leave well enough alone....smh.

5. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

That video is another failed attempt by trolls who have no job in real life. They are nothing, but a bunch of scumbags who can't even afford such a high-end smartphone. Samsung did it right. How the hell could those jerks use Samsung name and logo in public without permission from the owner? They and the Samsung bashers here need to get educated about what copyright law is before making this joke.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


14. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hey kiko do you have the link for the reddit responses? I wanna have a good laugh

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You forgot to take your meds.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Still crying???? Pity

16. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

They didn't attempt to silence anything. Do you have to be a fool everyday? Do you ever take a break from non-sense? They've been upfront about it, since the very first incident. They are the ones who stopped the sales. You are such a foolish person, when you don't even have to be.

3. Harambe unregistered

They don't know how internet works. Note 7 trolls will come back, harder and stronger.

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Samsung thought it would as easy like that. But they just inspired more videos like this to pop up

8. AlikMalix unregistered

I honestly don't want to dance on anyone's grave, but Samsung is truly showing its face with the way they responding to the aftermath of everything: from accidental text messages, compensation, handling situations in 3rd world countries, to this. I know they're desperate to stop the train, but this is petty.

9. ipadminiz5pmeizumx4htcone

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2016

Ahaha hahahaha prankish use of a smartphone, omg Samsung just give all your best to the upcoming galaxy s8

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I downloaded that vid in to my

12. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Youtube Censorship Strikes Again!!!

15. acruzlu unregistered

That video was funny speaking as a former note 7 owner. Everyone will look back on this at some point an laugh.

17. jankernel

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

nothing disappears on the internet

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