The Downfall of the Hitler Parody

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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It’s true – the spoofs from the movie Downfall are being blocked on YouTube. Constantin Films owns the rights to the movies, and the company has claimed copyright infringement. Here’s a good article on TimesOnline, with an even better title: “Hitler’s Copyright Panzers Roll Out.” As I’ve noted before, the director of the movie, Oliver Hirschbiegel, loves the spoofs. Unsurprisingly, Abe Foxman of the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) thinks the spoofs are offensive and trivialize the Holocaust. Also see this article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “Everyone Who made a Hitler Parody Video, Leave the Room.”

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2 Responses to The Downfall of the Hitler Parody

  1. Aaron says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    If these film producers had any marketing sense whatsoever, they’d see the potential bonanza offered to them, virtually free of charge, thanks to the viral nature of these videos. All they have to do is figure out how to capitalize on it.

    Since YouTube has embedded advertising in videos, the solution seems pretty obvious. At least to me. Obviously, not to the art fags in Canada. Probably all the free meds from their nationalized health care.

  2. Michael the Artist says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I’d like to know what makes the film company think that this decision makes the best business sense.

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