Hitler parody videos being removed from YouTube

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One of the famous meme’s around the Internet is the parody videos of Hitler in a bunker, during the last moments in WWII, featured in the film “Downfall” (Der Untergang).  The comedy behind the videos was people adding their own subtitles to the video, giving it a funny twist on why Hitler was so angry.

Users have created some famous parody videos like, Hitler banned from Xbox LIVE, banned from the Internet, rants about the iPad and many more.  However, these videos are currently being removed by YouTube, after Constantin Film AG has filed complaints that these clips infringe on their copyright over the film.

YouTube has started replacing these videos with this copyright message “This video contains content from Constantin Film, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”  Some videos are still accessible at this time, but according to techcrunch, many more of these videos will soon begin to disappear off of YouTube.  As of now, YouTube has blocked these videos from being uploaded.

Thanks to Mephistopheles' for the tip!

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again that retard copyright paranoia. i suspect will hardly buy now anything from Constantin Film.

btw in russia fan art is free of copyright responsibility. west should follow this point of view as well.

I read this, then went to Youtube and watched a few of the parodies. Then I went to the DVD store and rented it. My plan sometime today is to watch it.

This is why Constantin Film AG should really not bother doing this.

Intrinsica said,
I read this, then went to Youtube and watched a few of the parodies. Then I went to the DVD store and rented it. My plan sometime today is to watch it.

This is why Constantin Film AG should really not bother doing this.

+1 - it successfully showcases the acting abilities of Bruno Ganz, without giving away anything that wouldn't be in a trailer, for example.

Whilst they are well within their rights, where's the logic???

Youtube isnt suppose to be worrying about moral or issues other then copy right. that is not copy right soo..bug off youtube.

If these videos were making fun of: The tea party people, GW Bush, Republicans, Christians, they would be allowed to continue, but now that they were making fun of Obama, liberals, health care "reform"...the author of the movie (probably was pressured to) remove it.

naap51stang said,
If these videos were making fun of: The tea party people, GW Bush, Republicans, Christians, they would be allowed to continue, but now that they were making fun of Obama, liberals, health care "reform"...the author of the movie (probably was pressured to) remove it.

Are you serious?

naap51stang said,
If these videos were making fun of: The tea party people, GW Bush, Republicans, Christians, they would be allowed to continue, but now that they were making fun of Obama, liberals, health care "reform"...the author of the movie (probably was pressured to) remove it.

LOLWUT


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naap51stang said,
If these videos were making fun of: The tea party people, GW Bush, Republicans, Christians, they would be allowed to continue, but now that they were making fun of Obama, liberals, health care "reform"...the author of the movie (probably was pressured to) remove it.

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This could be got round by adding a few seconds of review or parody to the film. The people that make these in the first place are smart enough to realise this in the end.

Mike Chipshop said,
This could be got round by adding a few seconds of review or parody to the film. The people that make these in the first place are smart enough to realise this in the end.

Hopefully, these were always a good laugh. Would probably take someone remaking the scene, otherwise the parody claim won't stick legally.

Matt Hardwick said,
Parody is exempt from copyright I thought?

A parody is but these are technically not parody's as they use complete original footage and sound. A parody would not simply be subtitles, but all new video and sound.

Matt Hardwick said,
Parody is exempt from copyright I thought?

Pulled this off of google. -- "is the use of some elements of a prior author's composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on that author's works."
The videos in this did not use some elements but the ENTIRE thing and then added subtitles.

Question from one of my minions (a very clever chap) while we were discussing this:

"Who was this Hitler bloke, anyway?"

He was absolutely serious, too! Didn't have a clue

I give you the British education system at it's finest

It's a shame Constantin are acting like this even though the whole thing is well past it's best before date

Pleasureseeker said,
Question from one of my minions (a very clever chap) while we were discussing this:

"Who was this Hitler bloke, anyway?"

He was absolutely serious, too! Didn't have a clue

I give you the British education system at it's finest

It's a shame Constantin are acting like this even though the whole thing is well past it's best before date

Epic fail.

Nathanael said,

Epic fail.

Understatement, he's gone beyond epic fail into the great unknown where only a select few has ventured before like the guy who translated Zero Wing and GW Bush.

Edited by Twisp, Apr 22 2010, 12:55am :

After seing the pardogy on YT a decided to watch the film. These type of things can have a positive effect on sales.