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Youtube going too far?

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Date: Apr 21, 2010 - 08:30 AM
Youtube's done a mass takedown of scenes parodying the 2004 indy movie "Downfall" - specifically, the "Hiter finds out..." scenes.

Some of these were darn funny, too.

The EFF's speaking out against it, but who knows how it'll end up. One video targeted has been Brad Templeton's take with Hitler issuing DMCA notices all over the place, which was a truly hilarious parody.

The distributor of the film apparently doesn't have the sense of humor that the parodies invoke. According to the EFF, the film's distributor, Constantin Film, is using YouTube's automated Content ID system to remove many of the the parodies. This method basically takes a Gatling gun to YouTube, and fires blindly at anything resembling an unauthorized work - including parodies. From the EFF:

"In a depressing twist, these remixes are reportedly disappearing from YouTube, thanks to Constantin Film (the movie?s producer and distributor) and YouTube?s censorship-friendly automated filtering system, Content I.D. Because the Content I.D. filter permits a copyright owner to disable any video that contains its copyrighted content -- whether or not that video contains other elements that make the use a noninfringing fair use -- a content owner can take down a broad swath of fair uses with the flick of a switch. It seems that?s exactly what Constantin Film has chosen to do."
David Weinberger has a column up on how Youtube's "content identification" system really works (or in many cases, doesn't work) as well.



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