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May 07, 2010

"YouTube, Downfall Parodies, and Me"

Mike says:

So with no commercial dimension to the parodies, clear protection under US fair use laws, and an actual benefit to the original (as well as documented support from the film’s director), the removal of the videos is simply a reflection of modern corporate fascism. That’s a tough word, but I think it’s worth busting out....

It’s time for this debate to stop being about who can or cannot remix The White Album. It needs to start being about how the rest of us should allow corporations to act. If you think there’s no connection between excessive copyright protection and the drive to patent the human genome, for example, or BP fouling the Gulf of Mexico and you and I having to live with the results, or the rise of stuff like Blackwater (not to mention Goldman Sachs), think again.

The rest.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at May 7, 2010 01:35 AM

We need more paradies! Give Mike a fighting chance!

Posted by: N E at May 7, 2010 01:48 PM