Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

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.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

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

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

Trump gives himself a '10' for Puerto Rico response
U.S. President Donald Trump is giving himself a "10" for his administration's response to hurricane damage Puerto Rico.
Disabled Chinese space lab likely to crash to Earth in coming months
A defunct, yacht-sized Chinese space lab is expected to fall out of orbit and crash to Earth in coming months.
Los Angeles police investigate Harvey Weinstein sex assault allegation video
Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city.
more »

Canada »

Analysis Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon's HQ2 — but is it worth the shot?
The possibility of a Canadian city turning into the next Seattle — Amazon's existing home — is tempting, but experts say it's a risky proposition that comes with some drawbacks, like making operations more challenging for local technology companies.
'I need to do more': Bill Morneau takes steps to calm ethics controversy video
Finance Minister Bill Morneau is placing his assets in a blind trust and divesting shares in his family-built company to calm a growing ethics controversy over his personal holdings.
Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users
The Liberal government's point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned.
more »

Politics »

Analysis Bill Morneau tries to divest himself of a controversy: Aaron Wherry
Just before question period, the finance minister summoned reporters to explain that he would be divesting himself of a million shares in his family business. In the House of Commons, the opposition would attempt to divest from Bill Morneau its pound of flesh.
Exclusive Airport security stops calling police on passengers carrying prescription pot video
Canadian airport security screeners have stopped calling the police every time they process a passenger travelling with medical marijuana. CATSA changed its policy this month after an exponential growth in the number of passengers with prescription pot in their carry-on luggage.
'I need to do more': Bill Morneau takes steps to calm ethics controversy video
Finance Minister Bill Morneau is placing his assets in a blind trust and divesting shares in his family-built company to calm a growing ethics controversy over his personal holdings.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Analysis Gord Downie's muse: 4 topics that influenced his songs
Gord Downie is known primarily as a chronicler of Canada, but his lyrics also dealt with bigger ideas, writes John Mazerolle.
Los Angeles police investigate Harvey Weinstein sex assault allegation video
Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city.
'He really inspired me': Gord Downie's brother on his legacy and the work still left to be done
A day after the world learned of Gord Downie's death, his brother Mike Downie says their collaboration on an ambitious project aimed at reconciliation has motivated him to keep pushing for improved conditions within Canada's Indigenous communities.
more »

Technology & Science »

Disabled Chinese space lab likely to crash to Earth in coming months
A defunct, yacht-sized Chinese space lab is expected to fall out of orbit and crash to Earth in coming months.
Canada's 'super secret spy agency' is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public
The Communications Security Establishment acknowledges it needs to do a better job of explaining to Canadians what it does.
A 'monster' discovery: Tiny translucent crustacean a 1st in Canada's Arctic
What has eight hairy legs, one eye, no mouth and haunts the frigid waters below the frozen ocean? A speck of a creature you'd never know exists in Canada's Arctic, were it not for one researcher's accidental discovery off the shores of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
more »

Money »

Rogers Communications sees 'anemic' iPhone 8 demand
The CEO of Rogers Communications says he is seeing little demand for Apple's iPhone 8, adding to concerns about prospects for sales of the device.
Analysis Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon's HQ2 — but is it worth the shot?
The possibility of a Canadian city turning into the next Seattle — Amazon's existing home — is tempting, but experts say it's a risky proposition that comes with some drawbacks, like making operations more challenging for local technology companies.
Sears managers, execs will still pocket big cash bonuses even though retailer is closing
Sears Canada will pay a final $2.8 million in retention bonuses to 36 head office staff, even though the retailer’s restructuring efforts failed and the company is closing its remaining 130 stores.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Move over Bolt: Has Andre De Grasse found a new rival? video
Andre De Grasse lost his final chance at beating Usain Bolt when he suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of the world track and field championships. But the emergence of American Christian Coleman has track fans salivating of a potentially new and exciting rivalry.
Video Figure Skating's Back! Team Canada Heads to Rostelecom Cup video
Piper Gillies, Paul Poirier and Nam Nguyen are heading to Moscow for the first Grand Prix of the season. And now that it's fall, Olympians like Penny Oleksiak and Simone Biles are getting into the season.
Preview Grand Prix of Figure Skating season hits the ground running video
Talk about starting with a bang. The favourites to win Olympic gold in both the men's and women's events are both competing at this week's Grand Prix of Figure Skating season opener in Moscow. Here's what to expect from Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva, along with the other top contenders.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »