Hitler Schools Constantin Films on Copyright and Viral Marketing

Brad Templeton, chairman of the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has produced his own “Downfall” parody video, making fun of the fact that Constantin Films has issued DMCA notices to remove all of the “Downfall” parody videos from YouTube.

This little-known film has become an Internet sensation and, as I note below, Constantin Film’s action has ironically given Templeton’s use of the film a defensible protected status.

The use of the film to make fun of Hitler being banned from Xbox or the downfall of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign wouldn’t be protected as parody speech, because the topic isn’t the film.

However, ironically, Constantin Films’ effort to force other versions of the film clip down make this version of it defensible because it directly comments on the producers and their film.

Ah, sweet irony.

1 Response to "Hitler Schools Constantin Films on Copyright and Viral Marketing"

  • battery-stores

    May 21, 2010

    oh, Great articl! I will keep this post.

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