Youtube Censors Satire

Just a quick post, want to get back to the World Cup buuut

I am a first amendment geek.  I hate the idea of censorship.  Now, censoring noise or stupidity is one thing, and is the choice of whoever is hosting a medium.  However, using a loophole or legal technicality by one side to stifle the other is foul ball.  That is why I was angered to see that YouTube had taken down the “We Con the World” video.  Apparently YouTube was hit with a complaint for copyright infringement being that the song  was based off of MJ’s famous “We are the World”.  For the record, I found that video funny, but in poor taste and not a valuable tool for furthering understanding about what happened.  That said, that was just my opinion, and I was able to form my own opinion on it.  But having YouTube pull the video is bull.  Under US intellectual copyright laws, satire is expressly exempt from copyright protection.  This has allowed wonderful works such as Mad TV’s “Im Sorry Mrs. Jackson” JibJab’s parody of We Didn’t Start the Fire.  Now, I understand YouTube’s position here.  They get a massive amount of content put on their site, and when a complaint comes, it is easier to put the onus on the poster to argue against it, as most complaints are legitimate.

However, I hope for the sake of an open debate, that it will soon be put back up

3 Responses to “Youtube Censors Satire”

  1. Jymn says:

    If this was a ‘satire’ put up by a Muslim group regarding the raid, it wouldn’t be up for more than a few minutes before being pulled. In fact, such a video was recently widely denounced by the same people who celebrate this ripoff of WATW.

  2. David Katz says:

    and if there was a satire, that did not preach death to anyone, and that was pulled off of youtube, I would be against that as well. Two wrongs don’t make a right, they just make more wrong

  3. David Katz says:

    I should say, if youtube themselves did not want that content on their website, I would have no problem with them taking it down, and saying this is our editorial policy. However, for a 3rd party group to threaten a lawsuit that is effectively frivolous, knowing that it will have content taken down, that pisses me off

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