This episode made me feel like Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore are in my head. This show is not at all about intellectual property, but there are soooo many references to the topic (especially copyrights). Episode 5, title Shady as F**k, is mostly about dating and relationships, but the brief reference to intellectual property could be a two-day class on its own.
In the episode, Issa is upset about an embarrassing video featuring her on YouTube that someone recorded without her knowledge. She is desperate to get it down and looking to her friend Molly, who is a lawyer, to help her.
As I point out in my tweets below, there are a couple of ways you can handle this type of scenario (which has played out countless times on the internet). You may have at least two options to get this kind of stuff down: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice, and, depending on where you live, your rights of publicity.
I've written about the DMCA takedown notice here on my own blog in the article, The DMCA Takedown Notice: How to Get Photos of Your Kids Taken Off the Internet. If you'd like to see an example of a DMCA takedown letter, you can check out the one I created by clicking here.
I've also written about using publicity rights to get photos taken off the net in the article, Can you sue if someone posts an unflattering photo of you on social media?, which was featured at the Business Insider.
I've included my twitter thoughts for the #PopCultureClass from Season 1, Episode 5 of Insecure right after this paragraph. You can also check them out on Storify.