Lynn Heider Threatens Oregon Media Writer Legal Action Over Tweet

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Earlier this month a writer over at Oregon Media Central received a legal threat over a tweet. Someone was posting funny and embarrasing videos of two anchors at KOIN-TV, a CBS affiliate. The YouTube user was named “kointastic.”

When the Oregon Media writer did a search for kointastic on YouTube, all the videos were removed. The account was closed about a day after the videos were uploaded. The Oregon Media writer sent out the following tweet:

Anyone see the behind-the-scenes @KOIN_Local_6 videos posted by “KOINTASTIC” before the account was closed?

The tweet linked to the seach results page on YouTube for the videos that were disabled. Below is an e-mail that KOIN-TV news director Lynn Heider sent to the Oregon Media writer:

From: Lynn Heider
Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 11:55 AM
Subject: Remove video links from your Twitter account
To: Oregon Media Central

The “kointastic behind the scenes video” lifted by one of your followers from YouTube, was stolen.
That is the property of KOIN Local 6. Kindly remove that posting and link so that we don’t have to pursue legal action.

Thank you.

Lynn Heider
News Director
KOIN Local 6
222 SW Columbia St.
Portland, OR 97201
P 503.464.[redacted]

Then there was a some more back-and-forth:

“Oh, there are no videos there, just dead links showing where the videos used to be. Are you sure that’s a problem?” said the Oregon Media writer.

“Thank you. If the links won’t play we won’t pursue it,” stated the KOIN-TV director.