Sunday, June 13, 2010

"We Con the World" Removed from Youtube

Another victory for the ultra-politically correct liberals like those on the HP, Youtube has taken down the Israeli parody "We Con the World". This video, that mocked those on the Gaza flotilla who pretended to be peaceful activists but turned out to be violent terrorists, was considered so offensive by the Huffington Post that they published an article by Eileen Read discussing how "racist" the video is. According to Caroline Glick's website,
 "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.

At the same time, this is not YouTube's first move to silence Israeli voices..."
 So Youtube claims it's not because of complaints of the video's content, but it is rather a copyright issue. Glick, however, remains unconvinced. She feels that the video was taken down because of complaints of the "insensitivity" of the video, and resolves that the fight is not over.

[H/T: Solomonia]

1 comment:

  1. Odds are good it was taken down because of its politically incorrect subject matter than any copyright violation. After all, Youtube allowed parodies of a copyrighted film of the last days of Hitler to remain on Youtube for years without taking any action to remove them. The copyright law says that parodies are a "fair use" exempt from copyright protection. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.