This is turning out to be a case of one TV station that just seems determined to perpetuate the Streisand Effect.

KTVU, which was recently duped into reading off the very obviously fake names of several purported pilots from Asiana Flight 214, has apparently been trying to scrub its embarrassing blunder from the internet.

Matthew Keys (yeah, that Matthew Keys) has the scoop:

The station has started filing copyright infringement notices with YouTube ordering the removal of several videos depicting KTVU’s embarrassing misidentification of four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport earlier in the month.

Two videos uploaded by the account MatthewKeysLive for use on The Desk and elsewhere were removed by YouTube after copyright infringement notices were submitted by KTVU in an apparent attempt to scrub the internet of the gaffe. Several videos that also showed KTVU’s error and subsequent apology were removed on other YouTube accounts.

Indeed, when I checked the posts that I’ve done on this story, the videos have been disabled.

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But as Keys points out, they’re still available through other YouTube accounts.  He also says his blog has submitted counter-notifications with YouTube citing copyright law’s fair use provision.  Given that the videos were used by numerous blogs and news outlets for the purpose of reporting it as news (as well as comment and criticism), I agree, I would think there’s an argument to be made for fair use.  I’ll let the lawyers in the peanut gallery weigh in on that one.

Who knows, though – Asiana Airlines did ultimately reverse an earlier decision to sue the TV station over the report.  Maybe that factors into why KTVU is now trying to have the videos memory-holed.

Regardless of KTVU’s reasons, it seems to me this will only draw more attention to the matter, since everyone knows, you never really delete something from every corner of the interwebz.