You had to live under the rock not to come across one of the Hitler parodies on YouTube. You know… that clip (always the same one) from The Downfall, where Hitler is raging about losing the war or anything that parody maker cared about to put into subtitles. From Microsoft and Apple, sports, politics, celebrity affairs… everything is there. Even the one where Hitler is raging about the people making fun of him on YouTube.
But, the following one is a bit different. This one is nailing the point and leaves a bitter taste. Because at every party there is a bastard that can't play and wants to spoil the fun.
Obviously, this one is about all the videos that were taken down from YouTube lately, because someone claimed copyright infringement. Someone being Constantin Films, company that produced and distributes The Downfall. And they are doing that instead of saying thanks to the community. As the clip points out:
Their movie's been getting so much free publicity from this meme for the past two years. Before people started making fun of this scene, there were only a few people outside of Germany who knew about Downfall! The movie got international attention because of YouTube users' hard work.
I really can't understand what is the motivation for Constantin Films to do this. Only thing that comes to mind is that there is a bunch of lawyers that want to earn their paychecks, even if that is against the company interest, morality and common sense. It seems that nobody there can think out of the box, and that the box is quite small. And that the box is stuck somewhere in the first half of the 20th century. Sadly enough, every time has those that can't keep up with their time and development of the culture. Problems arise when those are in power and ready to apply brute force for their goals.
And brute force here is the money. If you have ever been playing poker you know that a large stack of chips in front of you can win you any game, no matter what cards you have. And that's exactly what's happening here.
I mean, they shouldn't even be able to do this. Haven't they ever heard of Fair Use? Title 17, U.S.C., Section 107? Parody is not an infringement of copyright! These bastards wouldn't even have a case if this were brought up in court! But nobody uploading a video to YouTube has the money to defend themselves in a copyright infringement lawsuit!
Of course not everybody involved in the original movie thinks as those lawyers stuck in the past century. The director of the movie, Oliver Hirschbiegel, has somewhat different take on the Hitler parody meme:
Someone sends me the links every time there's a new one. I think I've seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn't get a better compliment as a director.
But there are art-makers and there are parasites in the world. Unfortunately, the latter has all the chips to ruin the party.