Hitler “Downfall Meme” gets DMCA’d

From the Open Video Alliance:

A recent wave of takedown notices affecting many of the Hitler “Downfall” parody videos has resulted in their removal from YouTube. The copyright claim is being filed on behalf of Constantin Films, the German production company that owns the rights to the 2004 film Der Untergang (Downfall), from which the clip originates.

Downfall parodies are a well-established part of online culture and follow a familiar format: phony subtitles are presented along with Hitler’s final soliloquy in his besieged bunker (you might need to watch for yourself). The Downfall format has been used to mock everything from social networking sites, to politicians, to the iPad, to self-important hipsters. The list goes on, but as of this week Downfall videos are disappearing fast. Both “Hitler Gets Banned from XBox Live,”—which had over 4 million views before it was taken down—and the meta-parody “Hitler Wants to Make a Meme,” are currently unavailable due to Constantin’s copyright claim.

I recently rented the movie Downfall because I’ve seen the meme and wanted to watch the rest of the movie. I don’t quite understand why the movie studio would want to stop a video that has gone viral and is bringing attention to their movie.

I also don’t understand why movie previews are DMCA’d all the time on YouTube. Isn’t the point of a movie preview to get as much play as possible?

Iranian cleric: Promiscuous women cause quakes

Of course!

BEIRUT – A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.

Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric’s unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader.