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If you ever have the desire to make a comment on YouTube, Google has now implemented a new popup box that urges you to use your real name instead of whatever name you registered with when you signed up to YouTube. If you refuse to use your real name, you are no longer allowed to comment on YouTube, even on your own uploaded videos.

When you try to comment on a YouTube video, a box will pop up that displays your username as it’s currently seen, along with a side-by-side comparison to what it will look like if you let YouTube pull your name from Google+. You can choose “I don’t want to use my real name,” but that will lead to another dialogue box that basically guilts you into agreeing. If you still insist on remaining anonymous, you have to tell Google why: “My channel is for a show or character” or “My channel name is well-known for other reasons” are two options. “I want to remain anonymous,” is–unsurprisingly–not one.

There are several reasons why a user may want to keep their real name off comments in YouTube while still being allowed to participate in the commenting process.

You can read the rest of my article at The Daily Censored.

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Earlier today, Saudi Arabia blocked Facebook over moral concerns.

An official with Saudi Arabia’s communications authority says it has blocked Facebook because the popular social networking website doesn’t conform with the kingdom’s conservative values.

The official says Saudi’s Communications and Information Technology Commission blocked the site Saturday and an error message shows up when Internet users try to access it.

He says Facebook’s content had “crossed a line” with the kingdom’s conservative morals, but that blocking the site is a temporary measure.

Although the ban was temporary, it still raises concerns that anyone who questions the government or runs a website that the Saudi regime decides isn’t in line with their conservative, Islamic ideals and values, risks having their sites blocked.
Saudi Arabia is not the only country that regularly blocks popular websites. Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey have all recently been in the news for similar actions.

In the past, Saudi Arabia has also blocked YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, and the Arabic version of Travian.

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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.

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