More on the “We Con the World” controversy
Caroline Glick at her website discusses YouTube’s outrageous deletion of the “We Con the World” video, describes the Fair Use Doctrine which allows parodies of copyrighted works, and tells where alternative copies can be found. One of her commenters, Barrister, writes:
The original song has been parodied numerous times since its release in the 1980s, and You Tube continues to broadcast many of these other parodies. For example:Another commenter says that since YouTube (which is owned by Google) blocks videos in which Israelis defend themselves, a new Web video outfit is needed, called JewTube.
Other commenters point out, however, that under existing law, the moment there is a single complaint about a copyright violation, YouTube is required to take the video down. That decision can then be protested by a counter-filing. The argument is that YouTube did not do anything wrong here, but was acting under the existing copyright law which is the real problem.