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YouTube Censors “We Con the World” After 3 Million Views

Posted on June 12 2010 12:11 pm
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Youtube, citing copyright violations, has removed the now famous LatimaTV parody, “We Con The World.” After more than 3 million views, YouTube decided to reject the Fair Use doctrine that states parody as a legal use of copyrighted material and replaced the video with, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/ Chappell Music, Inc.”

Caroline Glick, producer of the video, responds and explains:

“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.”

She suspects a more maligned and deceptive anti-Israel motive:

“At the same time, this is not YouTube’s first move to silence Israeli voices. During Operation Cast Lead, the IDF Spokesman’s Unit established a YouTube channel and began posting combat footage on its channel to bypass the anti-Israel media and go directly to news consumers. Shortly after the IDF channel began making waves, YouTube – which is owned by Google – removed IDF videos from the website.”

Apparently, parodies of terrorists are wrong. But, Grand Theft Auto videos of beating, torturing, and murdering jews is okay.

Hat tip to Olehgirl.

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