As Israel went offline for the Jewish sabbath, YouTube removed most versions of Latma’s hit parody song We Con the World. If you try to access the song on YouTube you receive the notification:Here's the video. Judge for yourself if this is an infringement of of Warner's copyright:
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/ Chappell Music, Inc. .
Copyright experts we advised with before posting the song told us in no uncertain terms that we were within our rights to use the song because we did so in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine. The Fair Use Doctrine, copied and pasted below from the US Copyright Office stipulates that it is legal and permissible to use copyrighted material under the fair use doctrine for purposes of parody.
Copyright attorneys also warned us that given our clearly lawful use of the song We are the World, if anyone wished to silence our voices, they wouldn’t target us. Instead they would target YouTube. It is YouTube’s standard practice to remove any material that they receive even the flimsiest threat for because the company wishes to avoid all litigation.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Youtube.com in an attempt to avoid any possible support of Israel and the world-wide attempts to destroy the Jewish nation has pulled the plug on all possible variations of "We Con The World" video. This is despite the simple fact that fair use laws cover the use of copywrited material in parodies. This video is a parody and therefore is safe for use. Caroline Glick gives a good review of the law: