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Magda Hassan
04-21-2010, 02:26 PM
Downfall of Hitler's YouTube parody

LOUISA HEARN

April 21, 2010 - 4:41PM

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Hitler: Kanye West did what?

One of the many 'Downfall' mashups following Kanye West's reacting to Kanye West's embarassing intervention at the VMA Awards.



One of YouTube's most beloved parodies is facing extinction with countless Hitler Downfall clips vanishing from the popular video site in recent days.
Behind the removal of the popular meme is German movie production company, Constantin Film, which has judged many of the comic clips an infringement of its copyright.
The 2004 German film Downfall, or Der Untergang, has inspired hundreds of parodies of Hilter's famous rant scene using fake subtitles. The most popular depicted the fictitious Fuhrer's reaction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNmcf4Y3lGM) to a property deal gone wrong as a result of the housing market crash, garnering almost 2 million hits.
http://images.smh.com.au/2010/04/21/1345297/hitler2-420x0.jpg Popular Hitler 'Downfall' parody with fake subtitles.

The most recent parody is Hitler's supposed reaction to Constantin's (http://www.youtube.com/user/hitlerrantsparodies#p/u/9/5fAQKa8rU_4) decision to remove parodies, but the clips cover topics as broad as the death of Michael Jackson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu3Q6S-ed_g) to the launch of the iPad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuA_OUL91og), both of which are still available to view on YouTube. Many others, though, now only display a pop-up message saying: “This video contains content from Constantin Film, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”
In order to remove the clips, Constantin is using Content ID, a tool supplied by YouTube to enable them to set different policies depending on the proportion of their content used in a video or the length of the clip.
Online rights advocates say that fair use provisions in many countries such as the US were created to allow some copyrighted material to be used for purposes such as satire or parody.
While they say creators of Hitler parodies could attempt to dispute the removal of their clips with Constantin, technologies such as Content ID have placed the onus on the public rather than copyright owners to prove whether the clip satisifies these criteria.
Colin Jacobs, chairman of Electronic Frontiers Australia, said the recent trend was to hand more power to copyright holders than everyday people.
“It's hard to imagine these parody videos causing any significant economic damage to producers of this film ... but it is hard to say how something like the Downfall clip might play out ” he said.
“This really shows we need really clear guidelines on what people can and can't do and err on side of letting people be more creative."
While Constantin is removing the parodies, director of the film Oliver Hirschbiegel has expressed a different view.
"Someone sends me the links every time there's a new one," he told the [I]New York magazine in January. "Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn't get a better compliment as a director.
"I think it's only fair if now it's taken as part of our history, and used for whatever purposes people like."
Google says more than 1000 copyright holders around the world are tracking user uploaded versions of their content on YouTube, allowing them to choose whether or not to block it, monetise it with ads or track viewing metrics.
“It's used by every major US network broadcaster, movie studio, and record label and locally here by the ABC and Cricket Australia. The database has over 1 million reference files, making it one of the most comprehensive in the world”, said Google spokeswoman Lucinda Barlow.
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Charles Drago
04-22-2010, 03:23 AM
See Lenny Bruce, "Adolph Hitler and the M.C.A."

"Baby, you're gonna make more in a day with us than what you make in a week with that Kem-Tone jazz!"

No Lenny, no The Producers.

David Guyatt
04-22-2010, 07:08 AM
One can see how recent changes in copyright law are being used to smother hard-hitting commentary under what seems to me to be highly contentious copyright arguments.

Heil!

Charles Drago
04-22-2010, 12:54 PM
Imagine ... Lenny around with a Nazi pope in the Vatican ...

Digging the Sistine Bunker ...

Reciting the Heil Mary ...

and beginning the Lord's Prayer with "In the name of the Führer ... "

Tanks be to God.

Magda Hassan
04-22-2010, 01:06 PM
:hahaha::rofl::rofl::rofl:

David Guyatt
04-22-2010, 03:41 PM
Imagine ... Lenny around with a Nazi pope in the Vatican ...

Digging the Sistine Bunker ...

Reciting the Heil Mary ...

and beginning the Lord's Prayer with "In the name of the Führer ... "

Tanks be to God.

Gott in Himmel!

Charles Drago
04-22-2010, 03:51 PM
Don't forget all the new hymns ...

"Tantrum Ergo"

"Amazing Race"

"Stabat Master (Race)"

"Eva Maria"

"Brownsleeves"

Dawn Meredith
05-06-2010, 04:48 PM
Don't forget all the new hymns ...

"Tantrum Ergo"

"Amazing Race"

"Stabat Master (Race)"

"Eva Maria"

"Brownsleeves"


Priceless :) I really needed a laugh. Life's been way too serious.

Dawn