Inevitable: YouTube pulls “We Con the World” video; Update: Video rehosted

posted at 11:45 am on June 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What happens when a song parody skewering a politically-correct target reaches viral stage on YouTube?  Caroline Glick gives us the answer:

As Israel went offline for the Jewish sabbath, YouTube removed most versions of Latma’s hit parody song We Con the World. If you try to access the song on YouTube you receive the notification:

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/ Chappell Music, Inc. .

Copyright experts we advised with before posting the song told us in no uncertain terms that we were within our rights to use the song because we did so in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine. The Fair Use Doctrine, copied and pasted below from the US Copyright Office stipulates that it is legal and permissible to use copyrighted material under the fair use doctrine for purposes of parody.

Copyright attorneys also warned us that given our clearly lawful use of the song We are the World, if anyone wished to silence our voices, they wouldn’t target us. Instead they would target YouTube. It is YouTube’s standard practice to remove any material that they receive even the flimsiest threat for because the company wishes to avoid all litigation.

As Glick notes, it’s not the first time that YouTube has come down against the Israeli side in its editorial decisions.  In 2008, the service removed several IDF videos of their actions in Gaza when Israel attempted to bypass what it sees as a hostile global media.  After an outcry, YouTube restored the videos but labeled them as potentially “inappropriate.”

Glick also points out that the “We Con the World” video squarely falls into the realm of parody.  That qualifies it for the “fair use” exemption under copyright law.  Warner /Chappelle can make all the claims they want, but they would lose in court.  YouTube wants to avoid paying for a court appearance, but it doesn’t speak well of a New Media outlet that exists to support content producers that they cave to outside pressure so easily — if that is indeed what happened, and if they weren’t just looking for an excuse to eject Latma’s content from the beginning.

It’s YouTube’s site, and they can do what they want with it.  They are no more a public utility than is Hot Air, and subscribers have to deal with their editorial decisions.  Content producers may want to start looking for alternatives to YouTube, however, as they can also control where and how their content gets published.

Update: Perhaps Eyeblast might prove a little more stalwart when it comes to supporting the rights of content producers. It still exists in at least one place at YouTube (for the moment), but I’ve uploaded it to my Eyeblast account just in case YouTube sniffs it out. Enjoy.

This also demonstrates the futility of attempting to silence people in an open-source world, doesn’t it?


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I guess it’s unfair for Israelis to use humor, because radical Muslims have none. Apparently the Israelis stole all the Muslim humor, because nobody can find it.

RBMN on June 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I await the Hitler parody bashing the pulling of the “We Con the World” video. Just not on YouTube.

Doughboy on June 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

That’s o.k., I got it here.

..oh, wait. A**holes!

The War Planner on June 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I realize that this is most likely a case of “lawsuit aversion” on YouTube’s part (and that of its owner, Google), but their double standard regarding which videos get pulled is shameful. They regularly leave up jihadi videos until literally inundated with complaints, yet rapidly pull a legitimate satire. At the very least, they have an exceptionally inconsistent policy.

irishspy on June 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Paging Mr. Murdoch, paging Mr. Rupert Murdoch.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

If YouTube gets too carried away, a competitor ill step in and take their market share. Thank God for competition.

OhioCoastie on June 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

So Jihadi TV and Jihadi Porn is okay. Thanks for the clarification YouTube.

Lance Murdock on June 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

They could do a new version using “TURKEY IN THE STRAW“.

(That’s public domain.)

profitsbeard on June 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

And in the end, when they came for YouTube there was no one left to watch YouTube…..

ontherocks on June 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Given YouTube’s track record of pulling/censoring videos supporting of Israel or critical of radical Muslims, I’d say this is about more than paying for a court appearance.

BadgerHawk on June 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM

So where can I find it? I just had a huge argument with my teenage son about all this. He has gotten too much Palestinian propaganda in his World History class and from a friend who is of Palestinian descent.

rockmom on June 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Content producers may want to start looking for alternatives to YouTube, however, as they can also control where and how their content gets published.

Bingo. Sounds like a business opportunity.

publiuspen on June 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Didn’t Google buy YouTube?

Spirit of 1776 on June 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

They are no more a public utility than is Hot Air, and subscribers have to deal with their editorial decisions.

I had no idea there were limitations at Hot Air.

/

Rovin on June 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

I think this should come as no surprise. Free speech is becoming increasingly “Abstract” as history “progresses”.

abobo on June 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/ Chappell Music, Inc. .

Really? Then why are there thousands of Weird Al Yankovic videos up on the site?

RadClown on June 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

This is so typical. Some little start-up company becomes a huge success due to their great service or product. Once they become a giant, they throw much of what made them great away and begin to embrace all things left.

JellyToast on June 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Isn’t there another video sharing site similar to youtube?

JellyToast on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Yep you have to love competition

http://www.myvidster.com/video/185506/We_Con_the_World_Video

CWforFreedom on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Spirit of 1776 on June 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

That would explain a lot.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM

My advice:

If there’s something I really, really like, and it pertains to something political like a parody or a stupid politician’s stupid comments, or an assault on conservatives by SEIU or other such Union thugs, download it. You never know how long it will be there before YouTube yanks it.

Download it. If it’s a conservative win somehow, download it because it will be most assuredly be gone soon enough.

Pilgrimsarbour on June 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Still alive on different link…for now:

href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrMGINCXiw”>

funkengruven on June 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

YouTube is going to find that it can be ‘replaced’.

GarandFan on June 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Can’t say I’m surprised.

But, if you’re looking for alternatives to YouTube, I have noticed Ann Coulter uses the website http://www.popmodal.com to host videos of her appearances on television.

Ian on June 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM

“fair use”

Yeah, maybe if you have a team of good lawyers, lots of money to spend for litigation, and have a sympathetic judge.

Other than that it doesn’t exist.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM

First this, then you can expect Weird Al to be next, then *gasp* the shocked gopher (that “duh-duh-DUHHHHHH” music must be copyrighted by somebody!). YouTube seems rather weak-kneed for a cutting-edge new media scion.

KS Rex on June 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM

We’ll stand with Israel. And at 9/11 Families for a Safe & America, we will post the audio of ‘We Con the World’ if YouTube takes down the last video of it (there are several copies still up there).

Sergeant Tim on June 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Given YouTube’s track record of pulling/censoring videos supporting of Israel or critical of radical Muslims, I’d say this is about more than paying for a court appearance.

BadgerHawk on June 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I have to agree. There are at least two different parodies of the same song playing freely on youtube right now.

It’s time for JewTube!!

ProfessorMiao on June 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Actually, youtube doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The copyright violation angle only applies if you have taken a copyrighted recording from someone else and used it. This is latma’s own recording. Even the lyrics are not original.

There are millions of Youtube videos of people performing songs from other artists. But they are okay because it is content they have produced. And of course, Weird Al made a lot of money from parodying others.

Legally, youtube is not supported by any copyright law. And they know it.

keep the change on June 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Yep you have to love competition
http://www.myvidster.com/video/185506/We_Con_the_World_Video
CWforFreedom on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

CW, Thanks for the link. It works!

You rage!

marybel on June 12, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Yep you have to love competition
http://www.myvidster.com/video/185506/We_Con_the_World_Video
CWforFreedom on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Can’t say I’m surprised.
But, if you’re looking for alternatives to YouTube, I have noticed Ann Coulter uses the website http://www.popmodal.com to host videos of her appearances on television.
Ian on June 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Thank you. That’s two new bookmarks.

Basilsbest on June 12, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Good vid.

justltl on June 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Posting the actual We Are The World recording is a violation of Copyright. I have posted actual music videos on youtube and had them pulled.

But this is NOT anybody’s recording by Latma’s.

Every We Are The World recording on youtube right now is in violation of their Copyright rules.

keep the change on June 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Thanks ED, that video was great! God be with you Israel.
L

letget on June 12, 2010 at 12:42 PM

http://www.myvidster.com/video/185506/We_Con_the_World_Video

CWforFreedom on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

That’s excellent, thanks CWfF.

I wonder if youtube also pulled down the extended version, with the interview with Captain Stabbing.

ProfessorMiao on June 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM

The religion of peace and tolerance will not be mocked.

Hening on June 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Go Alinsky all over $YouTube$ — accelerate the posting of videos that confront the evil of left wing beliefs and customs.

You must coax Lucifer out of his little porn hole, and you must provoke him to attack more forcefully.

People don’t like ugliness. Consider the Dixie Chicks. (Who?, Huh? What?)

jeff_from_mpls on June 12, 2010 at 12:49 PM

This also demonstrates the futility of attempting to silence people in an open-source world, doesn’t it?

Which is why the Marxists hate the Internet.

Daggett on June 12, 2010 at 12:52 PM

YouTube is going to find that it can be ‘replaced’.

GarandFan on June 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Ponder this, youtube is owned by Google, google’s official corporate motto is, “Don’t be evil” youtube and google love to support jihadist and many others questionable practices.

Somebody needs to explain to google that “You keep using that word, I do not think that it means what you think it means”

doriangrey on June 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

The copyright claim is completely bogus, parodies like this are all over the internet and youtube. I myself prefer the Westboro Baptist Church interpretation: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=720_1179383603

IU_Conservative on June 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

net neutrality!!/sarc

quiz1 on June 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

You Tube will never learn…

… by ‘pulling it’, they have only given the video more demand and a bigger audience.

But maybe that is what they wanted in the first place…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

This also demonstrates the futility of attempting to silence people in an open-source world, doesn’t it?

True, that is as long as the world remains an open source world. Genachowski and Lloyd are currently worrking to, in their eyes, correct this deficiency through reinterpetation of archaic telecommunicatios regs at the FCC.

The efforts by the progressives to close the gaps in the authority thaey wish to weild is advancing at a frightening clip. We should be thankful for the inefficient way our elections are staggered that mkay allow the mid-terms to disrupt their efforts mid-stream. If the 2010 turnover is inadequate to accomplish this task, we are in serious trouble. Another two years of a progreesive rubber stamp on the Obama agenda and their grip on the levers of power, like control over communications, will make it incerdibly difficult nto oust Obama in 2012.

Bubbling beneath the surface is the ‘fairness doctine’,which if allowed to occur, will make oppositional politcal speech against the law. Through broad interpetations of ‘hate speech’ they will attempt to silence any objection to their satist policies.

This is the path were warned about by Rand, Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury and others, we are hurtling down it and the progressive faction of the Dhimmicrats is trying to push ever faster. Make no mistake about it, the ’10 & ’12 electoral contests are the make or break point for as Adams admonished, “liberty once lost is lost forever.” If we fail now, there will be no road back, this is for keeps.

!!!Remember November!!!

Archimedes on June 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Instead of the stupid everybody draw Mohammed Day, how about people organize an effort to reupload the video on Youtube, on hundreds of accounts?

Narutoboy on June 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM

If YouTube is so concerned about copyright infringement, why is this still up?

We are the Worms

This little ditty was released in 1985 by Ken Johnson and Jim Tofte. As an aside, I’m so glad that my being a fan of Dr. Demento in my younger years has finally paid off.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Holy crap folks, that was a typing catastrophy!

My apologies.

Archimedes on June 12, 2010 at 1:13 PM

The irony is that by pulling the plug on the parody, YouTube is part of the “We Con the World” by making sure it doesn’t reach your computer screen either.

Conservative Samizdat on June 12, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I’ve watched We Con the World six or seven times. It makes me laugh every time. It’s a keeper.

http://www.myvidster.com/video/185506/We_Con_the_World_Video

CWforFreedom on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I like Vidster. Thanks.

petefrt on June 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Too funny!

ladyingray on June 12, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I’ve noticed that most of the people so offended by this parody that exposes lies are those same people who cheer school bus bombings, hanging seven year olds and 911.

Speakup on June 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Google’s motto needs a tech translation due to the era it was formed. Instead of:

‘Don’t be evil.’

It should read:

‘Don’t be acquired my Microsoft.’

ajacksonian on June 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

The copyright claim is completely bogus, parodies like this are all over the internet and youtube. I myself prefer the Westboro Baptist Church interpretation: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=720_1179383603

IU_Conservative on June 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Creepy sh!t.

Gang-of-One on June 12, 2010 at 2:06 PM

IU_Conservative on June 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I mean the video.

Gang-of-One on June 12, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Awesome vid.

Southernblogger on June 12, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Speakup on June 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Those that live in the darkness of evil can’t stand the light of truth. This video is a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine.

docdave on June 12, 2010 at 2:17 PM

That was funny. Good video.

bitsy on June 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

The USA must stand together and strong with Israel. Continue to promote free speech. Do not buckle under to the Muslims whose objective is to destroy western civilization.

PS: I’ve allowed my lady to comment using my log-in name.
My comment on the video…an opus magnum!!

hoi polloi on June 12, 2010 at 2:20 PM

It ain’t called “Allah-tube” fer nuthing.

Don’t be evil. Don’t use Googlag.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Did they rerecord the music or did they just sing over the original with the vocals removed? The latter isn’t legal, even for parody.

Ronnie on June 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

There are millions of Youtube videos of people performing songs from other artists. But they are okay because it is content they have produced. And of course, Weird Al made a lot of money from parodying others.
Legally, youtube is not supported by any copyright law. And they know it.
keep the change on June 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I know you mean well and please believe me that I mean no offense, but fair use & parody are a bit more complex. The publishing company owns the rights to the song (managed for the songwriter), the music company owns the particular recording and often the performance rights of the artist who did the recording.

So, a YouTube video of a guy singing “Blinded by the light” (that does not sample or use the original recoding in any way) does not violate the rights of the record company or the band that made it a hit, but rather the publisher.

“Fair use” can allow limited use for political parody, but it is meant to be non commercial or non competative in the marketplace of the original (otherwise it is a derivative work). In other words, even Wierd Al had to get permission from song publishers for his derivative works of their songs (for which the publishers were well compensated).

All that being said, this is — without question — a permissable parody under fair use and YouTube knows it. They are folding intentionally.

/have a few published works

Irritable Pundit on June 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

/have a few published works

Irritable Pundit on June 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

That may be, Mr. Pundit, but I’m going to have to get a second opinion from HA’s resident genius attorney Jimbo3.

/s

Gang-of-One on June 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM

It must suck to have YouTube pull a video that you’ve spent 4 hours uploading to their woefully inadequate and outdated servers.

Sharke on June 12, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Irritable Pundit on June 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Weird Al doesn’t need permission to do his parodies. Ask Coolio.

Ronnie on June 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM

we are the world on youtube

Flag as copyright violation.

agmartin on June 12, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Youtube = Google = Socialism = nuff said

tai-pan on June 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Ponder this, youtube is owned by Google, google’s official corporate motto is, “Don’t be evil” youtube and google love to support jihadist and many others questionable practices.

Somebody needs to explain to google that “You keep using that word, I do not think that it means what you think it means”

doriangrey on June 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

You forgot Google’s explanation of “evil”:

…and by “evil”, we mean “conservative”.

steveegg on June 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM

These enterprising parody folks ought to re-release a new version with the lyrics, ” this will be pulled from YouTube too” in conjunction with the “you won’t see on your TV” part

AZfederalist on June 12, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Google (owner of Youtube) has changed it’s motto from: Don’t be evil, to: Don’t be evil uness it helps us, or serves our ideology.

Google publicly released a previously unknown Windows XP exploit, along with the source code to take advantaged of the exploit only 4 days after notifying Microsoft of the hole. In short, the created a zero-day exploit for hackers.

Here’s more on the story I tweeted last night:

Google researcher’s public disclosure of Windows XP flaw, irks Microsoft Source: http://bit.ly/bUOJCQ

TheBigOldDog on June 12, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Ponder this, youtube is owned by Google, google’s official corporate motto is, “Don’t be evil” youtube and google love to support jihadist and many others questionable practices.

Somebody needs to explain to google that “You keep using that word, I do not think that it means what you think it means”

doriangrey on June 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

It’s even deeper than that. They’ve cooperated with the ChiComs and never batted an eye until the ChiComs hacked into Google. Now they are publicly releasing hacker exploits in hopes of damaging their competitors and boosting their control over the Net and the desktop.

I’m no fan of the Ballmer run Microsoft but their angels compared to Google in my book. I am coming to despise them.

TheBigOldDog on June 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I noticed that before the We Con the World vidoes were pulled , Youtubed featured anti-Israel videos on their search page.

LeeSeneca on June 12, 2010 at 4:10 PM

I’m no fan of the Ballmer run Microsoft but their angels compared to Google in my book. I am coming to despise them.

TheBigOldDog on June 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Seconded. Microsoft is a bunch of cr@pware-producing slimebags, but to my knowledge they’ve never deliberately cooperated with bloody-handed tyrants at the highest levels.

Using weasely business tactics is one thing…and hardly unusual anymore…but helping to implement technologies that cause innocent people to be dragged off to bloody deaths is quite another!

Dark-Star on June 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

The only thing that would have made the video better is an appearance by Mohammed in a bear suit.

ButterflyDragon on June 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM

God Bless the internet.

indy8 on June 12, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Yep youtube has no problems with hosting vile antisemitism but hosting the truth is too much for it to bear. Just like google hates america but loves our money, youtube has the same animus against pro western videos.

eaglewingz08 on June 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Today is the 1st anniversary of the Iran election which sparked the Green Movement. Protests in Tehran today.
http://freedomessenger.com/?p=6749

Great song and music video commemorating Neda:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXN_yCSbUYk

YehuditTX on June 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Did they rerecord the music or did they just sing over the original with the vocals removed? The latter isn’t legal, even for parody.

Ronnie on June 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

For what it’s worth, the original is in E and “We Con the World” is in D-flat. The instrumentation sounds different, but I can’t be sure just by listening.

“We Con the World” was a segment of Latma’s parody news show, “The Tribal Update”. I watched a bunch of them on YouTube the other day to practise Hebrew listening comprehension (although the subtitles do help…:D), and it’s not an uncommon feature of the program: they’ve done “Staying Alive” and Abba’s “Give Me a Man After Midnight” (which is hilarious – search Youtube for “Jorgen Jorgenson” and you’ll find it; the interview with “Captain Stabbing” that “We Con the World” is a part of is really good too). What I guess I mean to say by this is that I figure they do it so often that they know what they’re doing, copyright-wise.

Although I must admit that I don’t understand copyright myself. I think that ethically there’s a huge difference between “We Con the World” and something by Weird Al, because he’s selling it and they’re not. But apparently the laws are exactly the same. o_O

ClassicalMusicNerd on June 12, 2010 at 5:41 PM

the interview with “Captain Stabbing” that “We Con the World” is a part of is really good too

ClassicalMusicNerd on June 12, 2010 at 5:41 PM

This one also got the axe from youtube; I’m glad I saw it before the censors got to work. I hope Latma will repost the interview part of that show.

ProfessorMiao on June 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM

We had the same issue when we did our “Friends” take-off on Obama. After O’Reily played it, they took the music down for copyright infringement. Tried the parody/fair use argument, but got only the sound of crickets back.

Potfry on June 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Actually, talk about trying to con the world… both the music only and the tribal news full edition are still up on youtube – but only the versions with Hebrew subtitles.

Sure….. this is a copyright issue…

ProfessorMiao on June 12, 2010 at 6:38 PM

And I’ve just been banned for the 2nd time in a year from Rotten Tomatoes for the crime of defending Israel on their General Discussion board.

Everybody do me a favor: Go to Rotten Tomatoes and register just to post support for Israel in the thread entitled:

“Israel Kills Peace Activists Bringing Humanitarian Aid To Gaza” in the General Discussion page.

I was posting there as ‘The Deaf Guy’.

They are DETERMINED to silence anybody who spoke out in Israel’s defense. If that’s how they roll, just go over there to mess with them. They deserve it.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/community/

manofaiki on June 12, 2010 at 8:33 PM

YouTube is going to find that it can be ‘replaced’.

GarandFan on June 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Dailymotion is a decent site. Actually, I signed up for both of them at the same time years ago not long after they got started-I was impressed with the great amount of music videos both sites have, I mean tons.

As for all the other crap people upload? Couldn’t care less.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 12, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Interesting new video from the ‘Zionist dogs’ interrogation of the Mavi Marmara’s captain and another crew member.

http://tinyurl.com/3ay5bkz

ProfessorMiao on June 12, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Mirrored in support of the IDF.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0wqT8ugF-o

opusrex on June 12, 2010 at 9:52 PM

This is an excellent little video, isn’t it?

Bob's Kid on June 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM

that comes soon after PayPal tried to close the account of Pamela Geller from ‘Atlas Shruggs’…apparently her site promoted ‘hate speech’…funny how things are, you bet that plenty terrorists and Arab fudamentalists use PayPal no prob to pay their people for their blowing-up ‘services’, but if someone has a site that happens to be pro-Iarael it’s racist and ‘hate–speeach-promoter’…unbelievable…this Judenhass back in force after 60 years (basically the life span of a generation or two)…

jimver on June 13, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Outstanding! Thank You Ed! I might have missed it.
Mainstream media outlets down to the local level have inked adword agreements with youtube and automated publishing workflows to stuff the site with keywords and bland content in hopes of geing clickthrus. hulu, facebk, myspce, so yesterday. ustream, next2friends, qik, eyeblast, liveleak, more.

Rea1ityCheck on June 13, 2010 at 1:31 AM

I worked on some copyright suits against Youtube within the last year, if a video is edited in this fashion it isn’t a video that can be taken down via the Lawsuits.

What might have happened is Warner is running a program that flags videos with their content, they can take the videos down but are required to repost the videos that are deemed within the law.

Granted Youtube is big on supporting the O and his buddies, (being part of google and a HUGE donor) so this could be their fault too.

Rbastid on June 13, 2010 at 2:03 AM

I guess it’s unfair for Israelis to use humor, because radical Muslims have none. Apparently the Israelis stole all the Muslim humor, because nobody can find it.

RBMN on June 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM

You’re right! Another example of the Israeli’s ‘disproportionate response’ to provocation. I always figured if you’re in a fight to win, if you’re not cheating, lying, tricking and fugking with your enemy, you’re not trying hard enough.

starboardhelm on June 13, 2010 at 11:35 AM

FYI: At least one intellectual property lawyer thinks the video is “satire”, not a “parody”, and so it wouldn’t be entitled to the “fair use” protection:

http://copyrightsandcampaigns.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-con-world-video-kerfuffle-when.html

Jimbo3 on June 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM

And I’ve just been banned for the 2nd time in a year from Rotten Tomatoes for the crime of defending Israel on their General Discussion board.

Everybody do me a favor: Go to Rotten Tomatoes and register just to post support for Israel in the thread entitled:

“Israel Kills Peace Activists Bringing Humanitarian Aid To Gaza” in the General Discussion page.

I was posting there as ‘The Deaf Guy’.

They are DETERMINED to silence anybody who spoke out in Israel’s defense. If that’s how they roll, just go over there to mess with them. They deserve it.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/community/

manofaiki on June 12, 2010 at 8:33 PM

–Why would you do political commentary on a blog (Rotten Tomatoes) dedicated to movies?

Jimbo3 on June 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

FYI: At least one intellectual property lawyer thinks the video is “satire”, not a “parody”, and so it wouldn’t be entitled to the “fair use” protection:

http://copyrightsandcampaigns.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-con-world-video-kerfuffle-when.html

Jimbo3 on June 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM

What if it’s both? I think it’s crazy to say that this doesn’t make fun of “We Are the World” itself.

So if Allan Sherman was famous as a “parodist”, then he shouldn’t be. “Glory, Glory Harry Lewis” has nothing to do with the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” except the tune and some similar-sounding words (“he was trampling through the warehouse where the drapes of Roth are stored”), which (apparently, from that article) aren’t enough to make it a parody rather than satire or just humour, since “waving our own knives” for “saving our own lives” doesn’t qualify. (Obviously the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was in the public domain, but you get the picture.)

ClassicalMusicNerd on June 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM