Recently I was sent the following link to this YouTube video:

  

The video features clips from the popular children’s television series, LazyTown, mashed up with a vulgar rap ditty by Lil Jon, and is entitled CakeRoll. What is most interesting about this amateur video, in my opinion, is not the video itself, but rather the “disclaimer” written in the description, which is as follows:

DISCLAIMER

“Excerpts of “Cooking By The Book” used in this video remain the copyrighted property of LazytownEntertainment. Footage sampled in this video is used as a parody and is protected under United States Fair Use copyright law.

(§ 107 of the Copyright Act. Also, see Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994) and Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films, 410 F.3d 792 (6th Cir. 2005) for precedents).

This video is free to distribute and not for profit.

The producers and distributers of this video are in no way affiliated with Lazytown Entertainment or the Lazytown brand. The unlawful removal of this video will result in LEGAL ACTION being taken against the responsible parties.

So fuck off you corporate fascists! Do not delete this video! If you have a problem with the video relating to copyright issues please send me a message and I will reply as promptly as possible.”

I find it quite interesting that YouTube users are taking a stand against the site and its current barrage of video removal due to copyright infringement. 

Included on the YouTube website are some “Copyright Tips”, which although very detailed, are not very helpful. Please follow this link to view the information YouTube provides on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/t/howto_copyright

According to an article entitled, Viacom Sues YouTube for $1 Billion…The End of the Tube, Viacom filed a lawsuit against YouTube for 1 billion dollars, claiming “massive intentional copyright infringement, saying that 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips have been uploaded onto YouTube, totaling more than 1.5 billion views.”

And quite frankly, YouTube hasn’t been the same since. Videos are constantly being removed from the site, which is frusterating for the viewers… all we want is simple entertainment. But- obviously, YouTube must cater to large corporations,  because let’s face it, they’ve got the power and the big bucks.

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