It was only a matter of time, but You Tube has yanked the Israeli video poking fun at Pro-Palestnian militants on the flotilla boats. In a previous post on the Water Cooler, I showed the original You Tube clip, but Google seems to be playing hardball now. Fortunately, Eyeblast TV has preserved the video. Caroline Glick, one of the creators of the parody writes the following about the issue:
“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:
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.
At the same time, this is not YouTube’s first move to silence Israeli voices. During Operation Cast Lead, the IDF Spokesman’s Unit established a YouTube channel and began posting combat footage on its channel to bypass the anti-Israel media and go directly to news consumers.”
Ms. Glick says her group has no intention of giving up just yet and asks supporters to post the video on their website. She concludes with this final warning:
“Moreover, stay tuned for our next video next Thursday night.
If someone is in fact trying to silence our voices, they will soon discover that they are messing with the wrong Jews.”