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Teabagger’s DMCA Takedown of Marvel Comics

over the use of a slogan:

Quesada then went on to say that Marvel would “apologize for and own up to” a series of “stupid mistakes” that led to them “accidentally identifying” one of the members of the protest group “as being a part of the Tea Party instead of a generic protest group.” He explained that they were on deadline to get the issue to the printer for publication, and in the course of sending it off it was noticed that the signs in the scene contained no words or phrases. He said the editor then asked the letterer to “fudge in some quick signs” and that in the “rush to get the book out of the door,” the letterer “looked on the net and started pulling slogans” from signs captured in photographs at Tea Party protests in order to make them appear “believable.”

via Marvel Comics’ depiction of anti-tax protesters inspires anger, apology – Yahoo! News.

And, so, they issued a DMCA takedown notice by whining about  a fucking comic book using their own words. and it stung.

They had their itty-bitty corporate owned feelings hurt by FREAKING COMIC BOOK. They are sad that Cap ain’t “wit’ ’em”, but “agin ’em”

In response to Marvel’s explanation and apology, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips told Yahoo! News that it “sounds less like a genuine ‘we’re sorry’ than it does a ‘we’re sorry we got caught’ statement.””When I was a child in the ’60s Captain America was my favorite superhero,” he said. “It’s really sad to see what has traditionally been a pro-America figure being used to advance a political agenda.”

See in Teabagger ZombieWorld, Capt. America would be fighting Obama and his insidious Muslin Agenda while converting all the unbaptized sinners and curing teh gay, while nuking Iran and North Korea into the Fiery Garbage Dump of Hell.

Dear Teabaggers, Americans turned to coffee as a protest against the British MONOPOLY  on the importation of tea.  Like today’s Corporations, the  East India Company, was able to cut out the middleman, the AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSMAN, and import the tea directly to the Colonies. But, hey, you volks don’t care about American Small Business. You HATE Main St.

15 Minutes, Activism

NewsDaily: Courts to rule on fan-created music videos

NewsDaily: Courts to rule on fan-created music videos.

So, here’s my take: It’s not the fans who are violating the DMCA, but the hosting sites, since they are the ones making money from our fan vids. I am with EMI on this:

EMI’s suit will likely revolve around two legal issues. First, are video-sharing sites — which organize, categorize and profit from user-uploaded copyrighted content — liable for copyright infringement? While the Digital Millennium Copyright Act includes “safe harbor” provisions for sites that promptly remove videos upon receipt of takedown notices from content owners, copyright owners claim that the DMCA, enacted years before video-sharing sites even existed, was never intended to protect sites that built businesses around rampant, unlicensed use of others’ intellectual property, especially when they encourage users to upload copyrighted content. (EMI also alleges that Vimeo itself uploaded videos containing its music, activity that isn’t covered by DMCA safe harbors.)

The suit however, does not cover the fanvids that are created, by say, fans of The Colbert Report, The Daily Show or even, the O’Reilly Factor (Disclaimer: I have made fanvids for all three shows. Hey, even O’Reilly needs…. uh… uhm….) But, since we the creators of these videos are not the ones profiting….