April 23, 2010
Friday Fun Part 2: Hitler, as "Downfall producer" orders a DMCA takedown
The popular Hitler parody videos that remix the bunker scene from the German film, "The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich" are disappearing from YouTube, thanks to Constantin Film (the movie’s producer and distributor) and YouTube’s censorship-friendly automated filtering system, Content I.D., including EFF board member Brad Templeton's parody where Hitler, as the "Downfall producer," orders a DCMA takedown. Templeton filed a dispute so his parody is back on YouTube, for now... Just in case, the video is also available on Vimeo. See Templeton's Studio does content-ID takedown of my Hitler video about takedowns and Hitler tries a DMCA takedown posts. See also Corynne McSherry's EFF Deeplinks post, Everyone Who’s Made a Hitler Parody Video, Leave the Room and Jim Levy's LLB post, More copyright problems for bloggers (and others) - Hitler video parodies must end.
In Templeton's parody, Hitler is the film producer, and his lawyers tell him why he can't do a DMCA takedown and how the EFF would stop him. He desperately searches for other ways to protect his movie. The video educates about intellectual property issues and parodies the actions of the studio using the very clip they are trying to block. Here's the links to Templeton's video on Vimeo and YouTube. [JH]