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guruoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 11:57 PM
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YouTube Removes Hitler Parodies. Death of a Web Meme?

Sarah Jacobsson

YouTube has recently begun removing videos that feature content from Constantin Films' 2004 film, Der Untergang ("Downfall"), despite the fact that many of these videos are parodies and thus constitute fair use of the material. The Downfall, or Hitler-parody, meme has been, arguably, a viral spat of publicity for Constantin Films in the past few years. The meme takes a now-infamous scene from the movie (the scene in which Hitler reacts to the news that Germany is about to lose the war) and puts satirical subtitles over the action (the movie is in German). Hitler parodies have been made for everything from "Hitler finds out Tony Romo dumped Jessica Simpson," to "Hitler is Fired from Whataburger," to, more recently, "Hitler Responds to the iPad."

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), these videos are being removed because of YouTube's automated Content I.D. system, which allows copyright owners to disable any videos that contain its content--regardless of whether the videos may be legitimate because they contain other elements. Many of the parodies are still up, as YouTube's Content I.D. system is not perfect--but it's probably only a matter of time before the filtering system hunts them down and removes them.

Of course, the real question is: why? Why has Constantin Films chosen to suddenly claim copyright on these clips after six years--especially when the clips generate interest from parties who are otherwise unlikely to even look at the film (the film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, was independently produced and is entirely in German). Certainly plenty of wayward YouTubers and Internet-goers have been driven to discover the source of the clips that provide them with so much entertainment. So, yes, you wonder why Constantin Films is suddenly putting the kibosh on this obvious stream of free publicity.

Even the director of Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel, thinks the parodies are funny. He told New York Magazine in January 2010: "Someone sends me the links every time there's a new one. I think I've seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and Im laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn't get a better compliment as a director."
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  -YouTube Removes Hitler Parodies. guruoo  Apr-20-10 11:57 PM   #0 
  - Just wait 'til Hitler finds out about this!  kenny blankenship   Apr-20-10 11:58 PM   #1 
  - yep, let the parody of him finding out he's been removed from youtube begin!  Divine Discontent   Apr-21-10 12:01 AM   #2 
  - Oh, he's heard ...  RoyGBiv   Apr-21-10 12:58 AM   #15 
     - Ha!  krispos42   Apr-21-10 02:38 AM   #20 
     - YES!  d_b   Apr-21-10 05:14 AM   #23 
     - Very good  deutsey   Apr-21-10 05:46 AM   #24 
     - LOL  Scurrilous   Apr-21-10 03:30 PM   #31 
  - This sucks. Isn't there a way to disable the file's content I.D.? n/t  Turborama   Apr-21-10 12:14 AM   #3 
  - Nein!  XemaSab   Apr-21-10 12:20 AM   #4 
  - please, please get rid of the annoying rickrolling, too.  provis99   Apr-21-10 12:21 AM   #5 
  - The rickrolling vids I can sympathize with you their, but the Hitler ones were funny!  CRF450   Apr-21-10 12:30 AM   #7 
  - That oppressive Apple and Steve Jobs has ruined You Tube ever since they bought it.  Touchdown   Apr-21-10 12:25 AM   #6 
  - You mean people who criticize Apple's dickish moves believe only Apple makes dickish moves?  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-21-10 12:32 AM   #8 
  - Admit it. The tone of this thread would be very different if Apple bought YT instead of Google.  Touchdown   Apr-21-10 12:35 AM   #9 
  - Perhaps.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-21-10 12:40 AM   #10 
     - Lays on the scalpula  Chulanowa   Apr-21-10 05:06 AM   #22 
     - Men in glass houses CPD.  Touchdown   Apr-21-10 07:25 AM   #26 
  - I think what he's trying to say...  HiFructosePronSyrup   Apr-21-10 01:34 AM   #19 
     - Off the mark a bit  Touchdown   Apr-21-10 07:24 AM   #25 
  - No, But Obama Has Got To Stop Screwing His Base  jberryhill   Apr-21-10 09:33 AM   #28 
  - Those are hilarious! Now I'm addicted and trying to watch the game  Stardust   Apr-21-10 12:45 AM   #11 
  - That one was good...  krispos42   Apr-21-10 02:44 AM   #21 
  - Something will end up replacing You Tube, and they will return  SoCalDem   Apr-21-10 12:47 AM   #12 
  - Oh noes!  JVS   Apr-21-10 12:52 AM   #13 
  - And on Hitler's birthday no less!  PA_Progressive   Apr-21-10 12:57 AM   #14 
  - Hitler was born on 4/20? No shit?  Bucky   Apr-21-10 01:08 AM   #17 
     - He was indeed  PA_Progressive   Apr-21-10 01:23 AM   #18 
  - Mel Brooks is laughing his ass off right now.  chollybocker   Apr-21-10 12:59 AM   #16 
  - eh...they lost a lot of bite after the first two or three...  Blue_Tires   Apr-21-10 07:47 AM   #27 
  - Nice post, YouTube. nt  Javaman   Apr-21-10 09:41 AM   #29 
  - meh..  frylock   Apr-21-10 12:43 PM   #30 

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