Wednesday, January 9, 2013
If you've never seen the brilliant remix of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Twilight, which recasts the brooding romantic vampire Edward as a creepy stalker, and provides some pretty on-point commentary on the current teen paranormal romance genre, check it out here.
Even though the remix, which was first uploaded to YouTube three and a half years ago has received 3 million views on that site, it has been removed. The creator, Jonathan McIntosh, recounts the exhausting and frustrating story on his website. The upshot -- even though the remix was actually cited by the US Copyright Office as an example of transformative noncommercial video work -- YouTube will only respect fair use arguments if the copyright holder acknowledges them.
Jonathan acknowledges the valuable advice of New Media Rights, which is affiliated with California Western School of Law. Check out their work here.