The Hitler parody video clips taken from the movie Der Untergang (Downfall) have been on the internet for several years now.  Constantin Film has ordered that YouTube take down all the videos made, claiming they are trying to protect their rights. This is the newest battle in the copyright wars.

Hitler loses his iphone is not on YouTube, but you can find it here.

Of particular note is that the producer of the movie enjoys all the clips himself and does not see a problem with the parody videos.

“Someone sends me the links every time there’s a new one,” says the director, on the phone from Vienna. “I think I’ve seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn’t get a better compliment as a director.” Some of Hirschbiegel’s favorites are the one where Hitler hears of Michael Jackson’s death, and one in which the Fuhrer can’t get Billy Elliot tickets

The video clip below is a rant about the DMCA itself, which was ordered to be taken down, but the creator of this clip has filed an appeal, claiming that it’s fair use.  So, for now, this video remains online.

Hitler, as “Downfall producer” orders a DMCA takedown from Brad Templeton on Vimeo.

Full details at http://ideas.4brad.com/hitler-tries-dmca-takedown – There are hundreds of parodies of this “Downfall” clip. The studio, Constantin Films, has ordered takedowns of some of them, and eventually even had this parody removed from YouTube. In this clip, Hitler is the producer, and his lawyers tell him why he can’t do a DMCA takedown and how the EFF could stop him. He desperately searches for other ways to protect the movie.

Made by Brad Templeton, an EFF board member (but releasing the video on his own.) This video educates about intellectual property issues and parodies the actions of the studio using the very clip they are censoring.

flattr this!