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The YouTube (Google) video sparking holy war across the world is still up on YouTube and vigilantly defended as protected by the First Amendment.

A satirical political ad called Romney Girl was pulled within 24 hours due to threats of lawsuits by the song's copyright owners.

So much for the 1st Amendment.

Capitalism is our holy book that cannot be violated.

The amateurish, but obviously offensive, YouTube video is still up. Despite calls from Muslims and the White House to remove it from YouTube it remains, and now the long-version is available online.

Here is one version that has been seen by over 5 million people.
http://www.youtube.com/...

Google (the owner of YouTube) refused to take it down after a request by the White House. They are protecting the first amendment rights of haters.

Request Denied: Google Will Not Remove Film From YouTube

Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Meanwhile, earlier this week, a satirical political video called Romney Girl was also put up on YouTube. But it has been blocked and taken down.

Here is a taste of this obviously, silly video as covered by Chris Matthews
http://www.youtube.com/...

Universal Music wants 'Romney Girl' video pulled from YouTube

The end may be near, on YouTube anyway, for “Romney Girl,” a politically pointed video satire jabbing Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, now that creators have stated that Universal Music Group has ordered the video to pulled by 5 p.m. Friday on charges of copyright infringement.

“Romney Girl” adapts the music from the 1997 dance-pop hit by Aqua into a satirical celebration of Romney’s wealth and his reluctance to release more financial information, a tack that the video’s creators argue represents “fair use” of the source material.

http://www.latimes.com/...

So much for the First Amendment.

Facing worldwide Holy War, Google is a vigilant defender of the First Amendment.

Facing a lawsuit by a record company, they crumble and comply in 24 hours.

Just sayin'

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:12:02 AM PDT

  •  You can't rip off someone's song (9+ / 0-)

    and get away with it if they get angry about it. Even George Harrison got in trouble over My Sweet Lord having the same run as He's So Fine. Just as dkos would get in fair use trouble so would Google if they didn't act.

    In keeping that horrible movie up teh Google was standing up for the Ist Amendment.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:18:29 AM PDT

    •  Google trembles at the feet of (2+ / 0-)
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      ardyess, Lujane

      Universal Music Inc. and immediately complies with their legal Fatwah.

      World-wide Holy War and pissing off 2 billion people?

      Not so much.

      "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

      by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:23:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  one's legal. one's illegal. pretty simple. nt (4+ / 0-)
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        ardyess, dougymi, nextstep, high uintas
        •  And we wonder why the Muslim world (1+ / 0-)
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          Lujane

          hates us so much.

          Our Holy Book was written by Adam Smith.

          "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

          by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:41:40 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  er...spend some time in the Muslim World (4+ / 0-)
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            downsouth, ardyess, high uintas, Lujane

            and you'll find a healthy share of unhealthy capitalist tendencies as well.

            Many of those countries are a hell of a lot more oligarchical than even our own.

            That's not why the Muslim world hates us.  Much of the muslim world DOESN'T hate us...some of them hate some of our policies.   ANyway, the people causing all this trouble are nutjobs who represent about 0.001 percent of the population.

              •  YOU CAN WATCH ROMNEY GIRL HERE (3+ / 0-)
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                greendem, schumann, Lujane

                http://www.buenosairesherald.com/...

                How about a TUNE CONTEST to set ROMNEY GIRL to?

                lyrics

                Hi Romney
                Hi Miss
                Do you have something to hide?
                Well yeah, jump in!

                (Miss Swiss)

                I'm a Romney girl, in a Romney world.
                Life is taxless. It's fantastic.
                Silver tip your hair, tax shelters everywhere,
                Outsource nation, Bain is his creation.

                (Mitt)

                I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party

                (Miss Swiss)

                I'm a Romney girl, in a Romney world.
                He's so plastic, it's fantastic.
                Silver tip your hair, tax shelters everywhere.
                Outsource nation, Bain is his creation

                (Miss Swiss)

                He's a boss, millionaire, with accounts everywhere
                Won't disclose, all the dough, that he's banking

                (Mitt)

                You can't see, Ann agrees, we hate transparency
                If you knew, we'd be screwed, spanky-spanky

                (Miss Swiss)

                He is rich, you are poor,
                If he wins, you're uninsured

                (Miss Swiss)

                I'm a Romney girl, in a Romney world.
                Life is taxless. It's fantastic,
                Silver tip your hair, tax shelters everywhere,
                Outsource nation, Bain is his creation

                (Mitt)

                I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party,
                I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party,
                I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party,
                I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party

                (Miss Swiss)

                Sell your stock, I won't talk, dodging taxes with ease,
                Represent, one percent, he will do as we please.

                (Mitt)

                Come jump in, Wall Street friends, let us do it again,
                Write the laws, they'll applaud, let's go party.

                (Miss Swiss)

                He is rich, you are poor,
                If he wins, you're uninsured

                (Mitt)

                I am rich, oh the joy!
                If I win, you're unemployed

                I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party,
                Come on Romney, let's go party,
                Come on Romney, let's go party,
                Come on Romney, let's go party!

                (Miss Swiss)

                I'm a Romney girl, in a Romney world.
                Life is taxless, It's fantastic.
                Silver tip your hair, tax shelters everywhere,
                Outsource nation, Bain is his creation

                (Miss Swiss)

                Oh, Mitt I'm having so much fun!

                (Mitt)

                Well Miss Swiss, we're just getting started!

                It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

                by War on Error on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:44:57 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

        •  I thought SATIRE was fair use (3+ / 0-)
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          geekydee, Lujane, greendem

          And  I still think so.  There is a ton of stuff on youtube using popular tunes that is satirical and the content is still available, so i suspect the content owners just do not like the message.  So, rethink the "it's illegal" BS, because it is not, it fits the definition of "fair use", which has an exemption under the DMCA.  Of course, the way the system is rigged, the content owners (in this case corporations with high-powered attorneys on retainer) can bankrupt regular folks when they attempt to assert their rights.  Law by and for our corporate overlords because only the uber rich can afford to take part in the system.

      •  so it's ok with you that rMoney (2+ / 0-)
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        ardyess, high uintas

        uses any song he wants to, regardless of the views and permission of the person who wrote it?  

        Just wanted to get that clear.  That's pretty much what you're saying.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:50:19 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Wait, is this the same site... (5+ / 0-)

      ...where diaries are posted all the time applauding artists who demand that Republican candidates stop using their music?  

      I do wish people would make up their minds.

      •  If the First Amendment is so inviolable (0+ / 0-)

        Why the double standard? Either stand up for free speech, or don't

        So much for Google's informal corporate motto...
        "Don't be evil."

        They now need an asterisk.

        "Don't be evil"*

        *unless our profits might be harmed or we are threatened by scary corporate lawyers

        "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

        by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:39:10 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  What double standard? (5+ / 0-)
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          dougymi, 1918, ardyess, nextstep, high uintas

          The anti-Muslim trailer was uploaded by the person who created it and gave permission for it to be distributed on youtube.  The Romney song used another artist's work without getting permission.

        •  law, dude, law. (3+ / 0-)
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          ardyess, nextstep, high uintas

          Copyright law is LAW.  Defamation law is LAW.  Slander, libel, etc.  These are laws.

          Posting a movie that some people decide is a license to go around killing people is not prohibited by any law.

          Did you see the highly offensive (by design) Onion article?  It made a highly salient point (as the Onion often does).  It didn't start any riots.  

          Rioters start riots..not films.

          •  Westerners dismiss the power of faith (1+ / 0-)
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            Lujane

            to censor content in the Middle East as backwards and outrageous.

            Yet here in the West, we censor ideas too. A quick legal threat from corporate headquarters and everyone at Google complies, instantly.

            Censorship is no more justified when corporate lawyers do it than when mullahs do it.

            Same shit. Different pile.

            We need to admit this core hypocrisy of Western Capitalist Culture.

            We censor too.

            Prostrate the Temple of the Holy Dollar and absolutely compliant with the Mullahs of Money.

            "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

            by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:06:28 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Their idea is not being censored. (2+ / 0-)
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              ardyess, high uintas

              Nobody's stopping them from publishing the words they wrote.  They're being stopped from publishing their words accompanied by someone else's work without compensating them.

            •  OK. Now I understand. (0+ / 0-)

              Yours is a not too subtle justification of the riots and their murderous intent. Just quit the phony 1st Amendment shit and come right out and say it: Those animals are not to blame, the West is. And we should cave in to their 8th century mindset.

              •  Bullshit (1+ / 0-)
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                Lujane

                The point I am trying to make is that censorship happens in the West too.

                Jan Jacobs, urban geographer, explained that one way to understand who runs a society is to look at who has the tallest buildings.

                In the Middle East the tallest buildings are often the minarets on the top of the mosque.

                In the West, our tallest buildings are filled with corporations and banks.

                Both control the population and force compliance with their wishes using elaborate dogma (theologic or legal).

                Both as we now see, retain the power of censorship.

                "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

                by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:04:13 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  That is a forced and tortured analogy (2+ / 0-)
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                  nextstep, high uintas

                  Complying with copyright laws is neither censorship nor empowerment of the wealthy; it is in fact what protects the small creator from the large and powerful.

                  And what is coming out of the Middle East is not the censorship of their own but rather a violent insistence that the West comply with their own backward ways.

                  Google is entirely correct to leave the video up, just as the Western publishers who were too afraid to publish the Mohammed cartoons were entirely wrong.

                   

    •  Well, there is the "fair use" doctrine... (3+ / 0-)
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      greendem, ardyess, high uintas

      but unfortunately, the courts have apparently distinguished between parody and satire which Romney Girl apparently is. Parody constitutes fair use, satire does not. Still, it's hard to imagine the copyright holder being at all damaged by this satire rather, if anything, they might squeeze a few more bucks out of their throwaway virtually forgotten 14 year old song. The satire is actually pretty clever and has even got the Swiss ticked off about it. You can still see the whole thing at some news sites e.g. a Buenos Aires newspaper has it.

      Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

      by Ian S on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:25:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not supporting the idea behind the threats (0+ / 0-)

        of legal action, I think they are idiots. I just don't see this as the crushing foot of censorship.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:19:14 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I hate to do it but it maybe time to find another (1+ / 0-)
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    ardyess

    search engine.

  •  As much as this video is disgusting (1+ / 0-)
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    1918

    and offensive, good for Google for refusing to pull it down.  Free speech can be absolutely terrible sometimes, but it must be protected in all forms.

    Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil said, reading out a statement.

    "We ask the American government to take a firm position toward this film's producers within the framework of international charters that criminalize acts that stir strife on the basis of race, color or religion."

    So he's going to the U.N. to ask for a ban on this film?  

    This issue needs to be tackled, and hopefully addressed in proper manner.  Maybe the U.N. is the place for it? But it is because of a free and unfiltered internet that Kandil is now in power.  And may this discussion be attended by the adults.  

    And an understanding has got to be reached that Muslims understand that it's quite possible that video after video will be posted online (and if not Google, somewhere else) taunting them.  Yes, it is despicable, but it is also protected speech.  I do not agree that this is yelling fire in a crowded theatre. And if every time one is posted there's going to be this reaction, there is going to be more destruction, deaths and hardships than will be worth it.  

    Shit - just don't watch these sick videos...... no one is holding a gun to anyone's head.  Yes, I realize that it is more sensitive than that, but free speech must ultimately be upheld.  And for one, stupid series of recorded visuals and audios to do so much damage, well.....

    •  "it must be protected in all forms." (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree, but they refused to protect American political speech when copyright was involved.

      Selective defense of free speech is disgusting.

      "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

      by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:45:11 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  If it's political speech, anything goes? (1+ / 0-)
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        ardyess

        So, if Romney supporters were arrested for spray-painting derogatory slogans on Obama's campaign headquarters, that would be "refusing to protect American political speech when vandalism was involved"?

        Really, if these folks wrote those lyrics themselves, maybe they should just write a tune to go with them and they'd be golden. Because it seems to me that the problem they're having isn't the speech, it's the music they ripped off to accompany it.

        •  yes and yes (1+ / 0-)
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          on the first, it's vandalism, nothing to do with speech, and in the second, it's theft, and again, nothing to do with free speech.

          •  Isn't the video "Innocence of Muslims" (0+ / 0-)

            Theft and vandalism of the story of Muhammad, a story "owned" by the Muslim people?

            The story is far too old to have a western-approved trademark, but we all know Muslims own this story and that it has been stolen and vandalized.

            Where are the legal sanctions for that?

            No double standards.

            "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

            by greendem on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:15:32 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Okay, if I may, I am attempting to understand (0+ / 0-)

              where you're at with this?

              This video is a unique series of visual and audio recordings.  They do not use any other series of unique visual or audio recordings within them (well, lets assume that for now, okay)  The producer (or director, or someone) created all of these unique sets of visual and audio recordings, and arranged them in such manner that this is now its own unique piece, or expression, or speech as we may call it.

              I hardly see how anything is stolen.  The koran supposedly is for everyone.  But, this movie (I'm sure that we can agree here) isn't even accurately taking anything from the koran, it's making up its own interpretation. So, if nothing is accurate, how can this be theft or destruction?

              Just because some idiot decided to produce a bad video, set it in the 7th century a.d. in the Arabian Desert, and named his lead character Mohammed, and got some ridiculous story out of it, it's the problem of bigger idiots to make something more out of it.  

      •  Okay, if I please may expand here…. (1+ / 0-)
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        People are free to say, publish, etc, what they want.  

        Is so, then there may be monetary penalties involved, in which cases can be decided by courts.  Copyright isn’t so much a free speech issue as it is a theft issue.  

        Rarely if ever need there be criminal penalties.  Further, with the absence of immediacy, there can never be criminal penalties for speech.    

        What bothers me here is that no one is making anyone watch anything.  

      •  you've resolved your own paradox. (1+ / 0-)
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        'when copyright was involved'.

        If you would like our laws to be changed so that people cannot protect their own property,. you're welcome to try to lobby for that change.  That's the beauty of this country--you're allowed to lobby. I don't think you'll find all that much support--but seeking it is part of the democratic process too.

    •  free speech...must be protected in all its forms (1+ / 0-)
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      ardyess

      If I understand the first amendment correctly, it pertains to government restraining free speech, not corporations.

      As for Google's role as standard bearer of our free speech rights, try posting some porn and see what happens.

  •  It is the law that is an ass, not Google. eom (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare. http://www.healthcare.gov

    by Mokurai on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:51:31 AM PDT

  •  Hope they just change the tune (0+ / 0-)

    YouTube is vigilent about protecting music rights.  I've made that mistake.

    I wonder if the producers of Romney Girl lyrics would complain if I made up my own tune and sang the song using other pics?

    hmmm....

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:34:41 AM PDT

    •  The battle here is about parody ans satire (1+ / 0-)
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      greendem

      And the lines the courts have drawn between the two.  But in this case it is really about the content owners not liking the message, otherwise, all of the satirical productions on youtube would be taken down.

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