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Jesse Brown: Anti-gay ad inspires pro-hilarity remixes (and YouTube cowardice)

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

The latest YouTube remix sensation has nothing to do with Christian Bale, little boys high on laughing gas or sensitive country musicians. It has to do with an anti-same-sex marriage ad produced by a group called the National Organization for Marriage.

The scary, scary ad has been parodied aplenty on YouTube, but the remix action exploded when the original audition tapes were somehow obtained by the pro-LGBT Human Rights Council and leaked online.

The audition footage has been removed from YouTube due to a copyright takedown notice filed by N.O.M.

That’s to be expected, but here’s the real storm cloud gathering: N.O.M. was also able to get an MSNBC news report taken down on infringement grounds because (awesome) host Rachel Maddow plays clips of the audition tapes.

Even the most conservative interpretation of Fair Use includes provisions for news reporting. Spineless YouTube needs to step up here.

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Doug Rutherford

I'm quite happy with all sides of an issue being able to state their case in public. However, this ad doesn't seem to do this. It's nice to say your rights are being taken away, but it would be a bit more honest if you mention what rights.

It seems to me that the actors here are unhappy about being able to discriminate, since that's the only right being taken away. Excuse me, but that isn't a right.

Maybe people should learn some tolerance. They should up Christianity or some other religion and lighten up.

Posted April 20, 2009 12:15 PM

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