LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned


by Sunny Hundal    
9:24 am - February 29th 2012

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Creating parodies goes to the heart of comedy and is one of the most effective ways to highlight social issues.

But parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit permission of the copyright owner. I didn’t know this either until this week.

Below is a satirical video leaked to Liberal Conspiracy that parodies the London 2012 Olympics using 3D animation. It is a political video that may have infringed copyright.

It got over 90,000 views when published last year by Mother’s Best Child, before being abruptly taken down thanks to the Olympics Committee.

We are publishing this video to highlight UK’s highly restrictive laws on parodies.

If it gets taken down we’ll upload it to a different site

Other examples
Remember the song ‘Newport State of Mind’ – parodying the Jay-Z version? Yes, taken down for the same reason.

Greenpeace UK was also challenged over its highly successful parody of Volkswagon’s Star Wars commercial.

There’s a website trying to highlight this issue: http://www.righttoparody.org.uk – sign their petition!

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1. Biffy Dunderdale

“We are publishing this video to highlight UK’s highly restrictive laws on parodies. ”

Uh huh

“But parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit permission of the copyright owner. I didn’t know this either until this week.”

That’s because it’s not true.

You can parody anything you like. You just cannot include someone else’s copyright material in your parody.

Thus, for example, you can parody “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney, no problems. Change the key perhaps, make a minor adjustment to the notes (there are well known ways of doing this sort of thing, it’s done all the time by advertisers who want a soundtrack without having to pay royalties) then stick any words you like over it.

Oh, and make sure that you’re not actually using Sir Paul’s voice or playing on it.

At a guess the problem with the above video, quite apart from anything else, is the use of the Olympic rings and then 2012 logo. Whether they’re copyright or trademarks not sure, but they do indeed belong to someone.

Easy enough to get around. Slightly change the colours, the shades, of the rings and you’re not using someone else’s property any more.

This is all well known stuff. Just, apparently, not by the people who created this parody.

There are plenty of parodies of, say, Star Wars, out there done with Lego or Playmobil. No one needs George Lucas’ permission to do that. How do you think Spaceballs got made and shown in the UK if permssion to parody is required? Or Men in Tights, South Park, etc etc?

It’s not parody which you cannot do.

Are Sunny’s credulity and mendacious propaganda beyond parody?

4. Torquil Macneil

Yes parody is protected, including the use of copyrighted material in ‘fair comment’ but you can’t just pick up copyrighted elements such as logos and original artwork and use them without permission in your own creative work. That is passing off someone else’s intellectual property as your own. There are grey areas, of curse. Is Greenpeace parodying or off an idea as its own? That’s why we have lawyers. Yes copyright law can be absurd and far too stringent, but, no, parody is not forbidden.

5. Finlay Archibald

This is the kind of thing the Hargeaves Review recommended legalising, no? Wonder if the government will take steps to achieve that aim. Hmm…

Tim Worstall

At a guess the problem with the above video, quite apart from anything else, is the use of the Olympic rings and then 2012 logo. Whether they’re copyright or trademarks not sure, but they do indeed belong to someone.

Easy enough to get around. Slightly change the colours, the shades, of the rings and you’re not using someone else’s property any more.

Not sure you’re right there – doesn’t ‘passing off’ still come into it? Of course it would be possible to make a case that there was no intention to decieve in an obvious parody, but no website or ISP is going to take that risk if big legal guns start threatening. And the IOC and its offshoots are notoriously protective of their logos – with government backing.

The government and the IPO think Sunny is right: they are considering introducing legislation to legalise parodies. Of course, not every parody will copy parts of the original, but most do. And copying is quite a broad concept (“Substantial part”) is the test.

See page 83 of the IPO’s consultation: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/consult-2011-copyright.pdf for the detail. “Some countries, such as the United States and France, have long allowed people to copy other people’s works for the purpose of parody. Others, such as the Netherlands and Australia, have introduced exceptions for parody more recently. But no such exception exists in the UK, meaning British parodists, professional and amateur, face obstacles those in other countries do not.”

More examples of parodies that have fallen foul of copyright claims can be found here: http://www.righttoparody.org.uk/parodies

Sunny is completely right – even the government thinks the law may need to change.

See page 84 of the government consultation here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/consult-2011-copyright.pdf

“British comedy and satire has moved with the times and taken advantage of new forms of expression, but copyright law has not changed to reflect this. In a digital age, this means that parodists can often risk copyright infringement.

“Some countries, such as the United States and France, have long allowed people to copy other people’s works for the purpose of parody. Others, such as the Netherlands and Australia, have introduced exceptions for parody more recently. But no such exception exists in the UK, meaning British parodists, professional and amateur, face obstacles those in other countries do not.”

“Sunny is completely right ”

No, he’s not. In fact, you’re proving him wrong.

““Some countries, such as the United States and France, have long allowed people to copy other people’s works for the purpose of parody. Others, such as the Netherlands and Australia, have introduced exceptions for parody more recently. But no such exception exists in the UK, meaning British parodists, professional and amateur, face obstacles those in other countries do not.””

The disticntion is being made between parody and copy other people’s works for the purpose of parody.

Parody is just fine, as I’ve said above. It’s the copying that isn’t.

Now maybe the law should be changed, maybe copying to parody should be allowed.

But this is what Sunny said “But parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law,”

And that is wrong as you’ve just shown.

This actually becomes a great deal clearer if we use slightly different words.

Parody is taking the piss out of something.

Mashups are blending together two or more source materials.

Parody is just fine in UK law. Mashups, if one or more of those sources are copyright, aren’t.

“Fair comment” exists in English libel law. It has nowt to do with copyright.

“Fair use” exists in US copyright law. It allows the use of copyrighted material for a wide variety of purposes when this use would otherwise be illegal, including parody.

“Fair dealing” exists in most Commonwealth copyright laws. It is far more restrictive than fair use, and traditionally only protects scholars and reviewers. In Australia, it’s recently been amended to encompass parody. In the UK, it hasn’t.

These facts are completely and trivially true, and directly relevant to and consistent with Sunny’s original piece. In the US and Australia, you have the right to make a parody involving copyrighted material. In the UK, you do not. This is a simple fact.

This makes me think that the people screaming headless-chicken-ish-ly that it isn’t must have some kind of other agenda. I wonder what that might be.

Tim, you are mixing two different categories of situation. Let’s go through them.

(1) Parody without copyright infringement: clearly permissible, in the limited situations where your parody does not draw on the original. Rather like “A Modest proposal” which might parody the remarks made by Irish gentry.

(2) Parody with copyright infringement. I take material from one or more sources to parody them. I might take or mutilate lyrics, or a tune, but make sure they are recognisably the same. This is likely to infringe copyright as it uses a “substantial part” of the original.

(3) Parody mash up. I take material such as Downfall clips and use it to parody the film or another situation. This is clearly copyright infringement in the UK but is not always copyright infringement in the USA. The dividing line is generally that the parody must parody the original work in order to gain protection from copyright claims.

(4) Mash up that does not involve parody. This is nearly always copyright infringement, although some people quite reasonably argue that using small portions (de minimis) of works ought not to be copyright infringement.

Thus you are technically correct to say that some parodies do not infringe copyright and thus are not capable of being banned, but incorrect to suggest that parodies that reuse copyright material are simply mash ups, which should be seen as copyright infringement. In the USA, mashups are infringing, but parody mashups are not. In the UK, both are infringing. And not all infringing parodies are mashups.

Sigh. Bored now.

13. Chaise Guevara

@ 11

“Tim, you are mixing two different categories of situation.”

He’s not so much mixing them up as repeatedly explaining the differences between them. Oh, and that’s four, not two.

Thank you Chaise. I’ve two categories of situation: parody and infringement / mashup; and I’ve identified four variants from these. There are probably more. I hope that helps.

Back to the confusion. Sunny states: “parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit permission of the copyright owner. I didn’t know this either until this week.”

That is accurate. It’s not that parodies are always infringing, but that copyright law is drafted to have specific “carve outs” or “exceptions” to the basic rule: Thou Shalt Not Copy a Copyright Work without Explicit Permission.

Thus for parodies of copyright works to be permissible, a specific exception must be created. Thus “parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit permission of the copyright owner”.

I think Sunny assumes we are talking about parodies of works under copyright, not non copyright works, which are not covered by copyright law (duh). Hope that helps.

Ok, so he’s asserting that Sunny doesn’t know the difference between a parody that has nothing to do with copyright, and a parody that does; and he’s confusing the notion of mashups and copyright infringement.

I’m sorry my two dimensions translated into four scenarios and that this caused confusion.

I am very sorry my two dimensions translate as four scenarios and this has caused confusion.

I am however sure that Sunny understands that parodies don’t always fall within copyright law as they don’t always infringe copyright. I think his statement that copyright law does not permit parodies is clear, although I speak as someone who understands that in copyright law, permitted actions are explicitly stated, thus everything is banned, until unbanned.

17. Chaise Guevara

@ Jim

Regardless of whether they’re covered under “carve outs”, it appears that a parody IS allowable as long as it doesn’t use copyrighted content. And hence not prohibited under law.

The narrow problem with Sunny’s post is that it seems to go from “you can get sued for parodies that include copyrighted content” to “you can potentially get sued for ANY parody” to “this parody is probably illegal, aren’t we such sexy rebels for hosting it?”

The broader problem is that he’s creating the impression that you can be shut down for parodying anything, which has obvious free speech implications, whereas it seems you’re fine as long as you don’t infringe copyright.

18. Chaise Guevara

…All of which is to say that it’s Sunny, not Tim, who’s doing the conflating here.

This is a timely opportunity to link again to this news report from This is London in January 2008 about the gravy train salaries being paid to staffers in the Olympic Delivery Authority:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23435137-amazing-2012-gravy-train.do

I couldn’t possibly comment.

This video misrepresents the British Metropolitan Police, I can’t see kettling or people getting beaten.

@2. Tim Worstall: “At a guess the problem with the above video, quite apart from anything else, is the use of the Olympic rings and then 2012 logo. Whether they’re copyright or trademarks not sure, but they do indeed belong to someone.”

See “Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol”:
http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/nairobi/trtdocs_wo018.html

The film Airplane! was based on a TV movie by Arthur Hailey. Hailey didn’t get paid because Airplane! used different dialogue to deliver the same story. They were all new scenes.

The film Dead men don’t wear plaid was a mash-up of classic film noir. The producers paid for the mash-up scenes.

Locog put the brand before the ethos founded by those athletes of ancient Greece. I have seen first hand the threat of legal actions against community groups – cubs and scouts for example – who want to run multiple sport competitions during this summer.

In Weymouth, a public park is being fenced off and then people being charged large chunks of cash to be able to use the park whilst the Sailing events are on.

In Swanage the carnival organisers were threatened with legal action if they insisted on a “Going for Gold” theme. Now how on earth LOCOG have a copyright on the concept of winning is anyones guess, but the Carnival, which raises funds for local charities (some of which might be encouraging sporting activities amongst their residents) simply does not have the money or clout to stand up to Coe and his cronies.

I have seen other Dorset inititiatives getting Cultural Olympiad cash this year, needing to remove all badging for equipment manufactured by competitors of “Official Sponsors”

This is all bananas. And we should all speak out and say enough is enough on these countless stories that exist.

I think the left needs to get a voice for the communities who are being squashed and pushed around by this inflated commercial circus that is an insult to the spirit of those athletes with a link to Mount Olympus.

In a climate where the mere allegation of copyright infringment is enough to get original content removed automatically without the requirment for proof of such infringement, and where legitimate companies have been bankrupted by the costs of defending themselves in lengthy court proceedings regardless of their outcome it makes little difference what the law surrounding copyright actually is. This is what anarchocapitalism looks like. Enjoy.

That Jay-Z video was “taken down” as Sunny puts it by YouTube. Following the link in Sunny’s post, it seems that Greenpeace was “challenged”, as he puts it, by YouTube temporarily taking down the video.

Is there any evidence that anything YouTube makes decisions about taking down videos based on UK copyright law? It seems very unlikely to me. After all, we are talking about videos that are taken down entirely, not restricted in specific countries such as the UK (which YouTube is capable of doing).

It also appears that the claim that “parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit permission of the copyright owner” is wrong.

Parodies may not be allowed if they contain copyrighted material – just like any other film, parody or not, which contains copyrighted material (unless you own the copyright of course). But one can make a parody *of* copyrighted material without actually using copyrighted material just fine. Eg, Spaceballs is a parody of Star Wars but doesn’t actually have Darth Vader in it.

Given the number of innacuracies in the original post, is there any chance of a correction?

Chaise:
The broader problem is that he’s creating the impression that you can be shut down for parodying anything, which has obvious free speech implications, whereas it seems you’re fine as long as you don’t infringe copyright.

No. Sunny is 100% correct in practice, and you and Tim are 100% wibbling in practice.

Copyright does not solely pertain to film and sound clips – it pertains to expressions of ideas. This means that *any* parody is at risk of breaching copyright, because it’s impossible to conceive of a parody (of *any* specific work) that could be made without the rights holder believing that the parodist had copied their expression of their ideas.

The suggestion that you can avoid the free speech implications by not breaching copyright is true – but the only way you can guarantee you don’t breach copyright is to not create parodies of specific works (‘genre’ parodies should be fine, as long as you don’t include recreations of any lines of dialogue, scenes or visual effects from any specific works).

Hobson:
YouTube *does* take UK law into account when considering complaints from UK-based rights holders. Google has millions of dollars of UK assets that a UK court could otherwise seize, so of course it has to take UK laws into account. Geoblocking misses the point: that’s used when different rightsholders grant Google different permissions in different territories, not when a single rightsholder complains.

Your point about existing parodies like Spaceballs *utterly* misses the point. Spaceballs was made in the US by a US studio, parodying another US studio’s work. Since the parody exemption exists in the US, it was unequivocally legal. There is a decent case that Spaceballs would be illegal under UK law – but a test case between two US companies over a US picture that was unequivocally legal at home wouldn’t have been worth anyone’s while.

john b: Thank you for that infromation.

I actually asked “Is there any evidence that anything YouTube makes decisions about taking down videos based on UK copyright law?”. Do you have any such evidence?

If you upload a video to YouTube, you have to promise “that you own all copyrights in this video or have authorisation to upload it.” Take a look, at http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_upload (you may need a YouTube account to be able to see that page). It doesn’t seem to matter what the laws state in the particular country you are in, or which country the copyright owner is in.

Do you really think YouTube makes a judgment about whether copyrighted material comes from the UK, the US, France, Japan or Peru and then considers what the particular laws of those countries state and whether a court is likely to see that material as “parody” or not?

Do you really think YouTube makes a judgment about whether copyrighted material comes from the UK, the US, France, Japan or Peru and then considers what the particular laws of those countries state and whether a court is likely to see that material as “parody” or not?

When it’s a major record company making a manual complaint against original content that’s received millions of views (like Newport State Of Mind), rather than a robot complaint against an upload of recordings made and owned by someone else, then yes, I’m sure that’s exactly what Google does. They’d be fools not to.

Obviously, this is not the way in which most videos are taken down.

28. Robin Levett

@john b #25:

Copyright does not solely pertain to film and sound clips – it pertains to expressions of ideas.

As stated, this is internally inconsistent. Copyright can only pertain to specific film and sound clips – expressions of ideas – because there is no copyright in the ideas behind those expressions as such.

This is why there can be so may apparently identical TV quiz and reality shows on the box; because there is no copyright in TV show formats, only in the expression of the formats in specific shows.

This means that *any* parody is at risk of breaching copyright, because it’s impossible to conceive of a parody (of *any* specific work) that could be made without the rights holder believing that the parodist had copied their expression of their ideas.

The rights holder may believe that their idea has been copied – but s/he’d better be pretty precise about what elements of his/her expression of that idea has been copied if s/he wants to get a legal claim off the ground.

(Disclaimer – IAAL but not a copyright lawyer).

It’s fascinating stuff. I can just see the guys at YouTube summoning the relevant expert – “no wait, that’s a Korean animation, not Japanese. Fred, you’re the expert on Korean law, what do they say on parodies? Oh, they allow them? Take a look at this one and tell us whether a Korean court is likely to consider it a parody or not. Now, how certain are we that the studio will only consider pursuing us through a Korean court?”

What they *say* is that they simply remove films which contain copyrighted material if the uploader does not own the copyright and does not have the permission of the copyright owner – nothing to do with specific national laws at all. Guess I should know better than to believe that.

BTW, one thing I don’t get is why you call publishing this video a “leak”. Leaks are usually something that are published without the consent and approval of the origin of the particular piece of information. I didn’t bother to watch the video, but looking at the OP, this one seems more like something that the maker of the video desperately wants to be published. Therefore it is not a leak, it’s more like spraying some unclean liquid all around as much as you can.

Or is it that LC thinks that by calling this a “leak” the site would avoid any copyright claims? I don’t know British law in specific, but in most countries, that wouldn’t work at all.

31. Charlieman

@28. Robin Levett: ‘This is why there can be so may apparently identical TV quiz and reality shows on the box; because there is no copyright in TV show formats, only in the expression of the formats in specific shows.”

That is a good explanation why TV programme formats are licensed rather than copied (with a tweak to make it a “new format”). Why go through the pain and cost of creating a tweak, when you can copy a model that works? Why risk litigation? And it is not just the format that matters: consider the trade marks on title name and catch phrases.

A former work colleague used to plough through the TV listings looking for the programme format that he helped to create, chiming “that’s another £25″.

32. Chaise Guevara

@ 30 pjt

“Or is it that LC thinks that by calling this a “leak” the site would avoid any copyright claims? I don’t know British law in specific, but in most countries, that wouldn’t work at all.”

Hah! To be honest, I think that when LC says “leaked” in this context, what you’re meant to hear is “Dun-dun-DUUUUN!” Sunny just wants you to know what a brave, bare-knuckle rebel he is for re-publishing a YouTube video.

As stated, this is internally inconsistent. Copyright can only pertain to specific film and sound clips – expressions of ideas – because there is no copyright in the ideas behind those expressions as such.

No, you’re simply wrong. If I were to make a shot-by-shot remake of Ian McKellen’s Richard III using identical sets and costumes, then he’d rightly sue my arse, even though the lines of dialogue spoken are all public domain and even though my film didn’t contain any clips from his.

The fact that there is no copyright in ideas is true, but irrelevant: the way a film is shot, the way its sets are designed, the way a piece of music is arranged, the way a play or ballet is choreographed, are all *expressions* not *ideas* and hence are subject to copyright.

As Charlieman highlights, if you were correct, then foreign TV stations wouldn’t bother paying the BBC millions for its format ideas (not just trademarks). It’s not as if anyone in the US even knew what Strictly Come Dancing even was, hence why they renamed the format Dancing With The Stars *and still paid the Beeb the money*.

34. Robin Levett

@john b #33:

As Charlieman highlights, if you were correct, then foreign TV stations wouldn’t bother paying the BBC millions for its format ideas (not just trademarks). It’s not as if anyone in the US even knew what Strictly Come Dancing even was, hence why they renamed the format Dancing With The Stars *and still paid the Beeb the money*.

To summarise, your argument is that they have paid, and why would they pay if they could copy for free? Oddly enough, Bournmouth University have done some research on that:

http://business.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/tv_formats_rights_why_pay_when_you_can_copy_for_free.html

In a nutshell – the buyers pay for the knowhow, brand image and established distribution networks. They don’t pay for the copyright in the format – because there is none.

How many successful cases of infringement of copyright in a TV format have there been? Meakin is an example to the contrary.

The fact that there is no copyright in ideas is true, but irrelevant: the way a film is shot, the way its sets are designed, the way a piece of music is arranged, the way a play or ballet is choreographed, are all *expressions* not *ideas* and hence are subject to copyright.

True – but it would be a rare parody, not using original footage from the parodied work, that was close enough to the original in its expression to attract a claim of copyright infringement. In the general case – and that is what we are talking about – the parody will be sufficiently clearly distinct from the original to be non-infringing.

Robin says:

it would be a rare parody, not using original footage from the parodied work, that was close enough to the original in its expression to attract a claim of copyright infringement. In the general case – and that is what we are talking about – the parody will be sufficiently clearly distinct from the original to be non-infringing.

I can see why you may think this but many copyright lawyers disagree:

the essential legal problem with parodies [is that] they need to be close enough to the original to be recognised by their audience as a parody in the first place, which means that they will almost inevitably infringe copyright. Even though some cases have argued that parodies contain enough original thought and creativity to be recognised as “works” in their own right, the position is nowhere near clear enough for this particular parody to be worth the risk… the only way for platforms and websites to be sure that they aren’t drawn into such a claim is to remove any potentially infringing content as quickly as possible.

From Steve Kuncewicz of HBJ Gateley Wareing LLP writing for the IPO http://www.ipo.gov.uk/news/newsletters/ipinsight/ipinsight-201009/ipinsight-201009-4.htm quoted here http://www.consumerfocus.org.uk/files/2011/07/Consumer-Focus-Parody-briefing.pdf

Bottom line is, the IPO, the government, the Hargreaves review, plus legal regimes in France, USA, Australia all think that copyright is likely to be infringed by parodies and a legal rule is needed to make it clear that copyright works can be copied for the purposes of parody. Hence this takedown request and the campaign we are running!

http://www.righttoparody.org.uk

@2 Tim Worstall: At a guess the problem with the above video, quite apart from anything else, is the use of the Olympic rings and then 2012 logo. Whether they’re copyright or trademarks not sure

Actually the Olympics have their own sui generis information monopoly rights, separate from copyrights and trademarks. These rights are overly restrictive, For example if you’re holding an event in London this year, you aren’t allowed to use the words “London 2012″ to describe it.

@22 hd: Locog put the brand before the ethos founded by those athletes of ancient Greece. I have seen first hand the threat of legal actions against community groups – cubs and scouts for example – who want to run multiple sport competitions during this summer.

And there was me thinking that part of the point was to encourage sporting events!

37. Robin Levett

@Jim Killock #35:

There is a particular problem in relation specifically to musical parodies, in that the parody has to be very close to the original to be recognisably referring to the work parodied. The same is not true of TV and film parodies, which was what my remarks were aimed at.

@ 37.

Naahhh. Musical parodies are pretty easy. You simply change every fourth note, and substitute the dominant for the subdominant. You end up with something that listeners will recognise, but will be musically quite different. Comics have been doing this for years. Add in rubato, and parody away.

Gaah. Meant substitute the subdominant for the dominant – too early on Sunday morning!


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  28. Hot Under the Collar

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  29. steve conway

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/QE5HTKfp via @libcon

  30. Rather Human

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  31. Rather Human

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  32. sean

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/QE5HTKfp via @libcon

  33. sean

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/QE5HTKfp via @libcon

  34. Gus

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  35. Gus

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  36. Evil Evil Beddy

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  37. Evil Evil Beddy

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  38. Roger Bliss

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  39. Anna Richardson

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  40. Paul Trembath

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/LDvjN9Mf

  41. SteveB

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/laFkPu3w #righttoparody

  42. AnonNep

    #UK 'LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned' from LiberalConspiracy – http://t.co/6SuKoapS

  43. m1k3y

    #UK 'LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned' from LiberalConspiracy – http://t.co/6SuKoapS

  44. Liza Russell

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/LDvjN9Mf

  45. Juan D. Porcero

    #UK 'LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned' from LiberalConspiracy – http://t.co/6SuKoapS

  46. Paul O'Boyle

    RT @sunny_hundal: The video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/GmMvYKtC

  47. Chris Boly

    Oh, I like this. I like this a lot. RT @libcon: LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/xXWABzV3

  48. vcgriffin

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  49. iChatMac

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  50. Ronald Cheagan

    #UK 'LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned' from LiberalConspiracy – http://t.co/6SuKoapS

  51. Rich Prescott

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  52. Alisdair Cameron

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/IgaCNZSo via @libcon

  53. tommy

    Brilliant video: http://t.co/JsNtTCLE

  54. Creative Corner Cafe

    The video #Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/FjbKUDfy via @libcon

  55. Deayzee

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  56. Tim Jones

    EXC: we're publishing a video the Olympics Authorities want banned, to support the right to parody http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  57. Tim Jones

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/37aJQpt9 via @libcon

  58. Balbvs ©

    149 days to go! RT @sunny_hundal: This may be of interest – the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/B0wcY6SC

  59. Lightacandle

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/K9bomqnF via @libcon

  60. Wes Packer

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  61. David Balch

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  62. graeme crowley

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/F6bURi1U via @libcon

  63. Christian Peper

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/F6bURi1U via @libcon

  64. Philip Hunt

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  65. Hera Hussain

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  66. thisweb

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  67. Shades of Black

    EXC: we're publishing a video the Olympics Authorities want banned, to support the right to parody http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  68. Tim Stevens

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  69. Gods & Monsters

    @glinner – Hi Graham, this may be of interest – the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  70. Rakan

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  71. Top Trending UK

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  72. I think I’m right here: tell me if I’m not

    [...] thinks that: But parodies of films and music aren’t allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit [...]

  73. Wayne Reeves

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  74. Peter Pannier

    The video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/Qx2osyjY the best thing ever to get posted on @libcon

  75. GeekPoet

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  76. Nemesis Republic

    RT @PeterPannier: The video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/ClkduLfC the best thing ever to get posted on @libcon

  77. Delroy Booth

    RT @PeterPannier: The video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/ClkduLfC the best thing ever to get posted on @libcon

  78. Ben Robertson

    Oh, I like this. I like this a lot. RT @libcon: LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/xXWABzV3

  79. Commuterist

    Ok, time to lose a few followers…this is honestly the best thing ever posted on Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/JKbbjMdw

  80. Olympic parody video the authorities want banned

    [...] to Sunny at Liberal Conspiracy for posting [...]

  81. Open Rights Group

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  82. Open Rights Group

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  83. peterbradwell

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/LDvjN9Mf

  84. peterbradwell

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/LDvjN9Mf

  85. damienslash

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/FmHovEkd

  86. damienslash

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/FmHovEkd

  87. James Tombs

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  88. James Tombs

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  89. Jim Killock

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  90. Bex Clarke

    RT @openrightsgroup: LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/2aznVQ2o #copyright #censorship

  91. Andy Gibson

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  92. Glyn Moody

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  93. Andrew Mason

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  94. James Casbon

    The olympics parody that people want to ban and why mocking adverts is so important, by Banksy http://t.co/S7UB2iQB http://t.co/S9UReDPH

  95. Santia Velazquez

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/JPLHwkrg

  96. Santia Velazquez

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/JPLHwkrg

  97. jonasnuts

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  98. Top internetlaw

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  99. Kalpesh Thankey

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  100. Law Tech 'N' Gadget

    In the name of #copyright: LEAKED: the video #Olympics Authorities want banned | http://t.co/knIkevoC | #parody

  101. Mili

    @OpenRightsGroup One for you: http://t.co/bWfNcjoz

  102. Krean Naicker

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  103. Rodrigo Neves

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  104. Dennis North

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  105. Matémiste

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  106. Matémiste

    @glynmoody @OpenRightsGroup – http://t.co/3SQLoH1E – That would be Hilarious… then, I don't know why I don't feel it ? #london2012 #parody

  107. Matémiste

    @glynmoody @OpenRightsGroup – http://t.co/3SQLoH1E – That would be Hilarious… then, I don't know why I don't feel it ? #london2012 #parody

  108. alan cocks

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  109. Paul Clarke

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  110. Gavin Telford

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  111. Darren Ledgerwood

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  112. Iain Collins

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  113. Amanda

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  114. Ironhead Steve

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  115. #CensorBot

    RT @OpenRightsGroup LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/AgKQnDee #copyright #censorship

  116. Nick H.

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/LDvjN9Mf

  117. Yates

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  118. Mark Jackson

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  119. ovigia

    RT @glynmoody the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/1pvjM1t5 catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #lon …

  120. Carlos Martins

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  121. Raj

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  122. Elizabeth Varley

    Important issue regarding satire RT @OpenRightsGroup: LEAKED the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/DaVAutST #copyright #censorship

  123. Angus Young

    Important issue regarding satire RT @OpenRightsGroup: LEAKED the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/DaVAutST #copyright #censorship

  124. LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned. (video) | No Agenda Global Radio

    [...] allowed under UK copyright law, unless you have explicit permission of the copyright owner. WT news feed Link [...]

  125. NA NN

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned. (video) http://t.co/UsRcq73V #NoAgenda

  126. João

    the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/FveV2tMq catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #london2012 #parody

  127. Russ Haines

    MT @bengoldacre using copyright law to stop people mocking you http://t.co/68jtGq0d << boo – Newport State of Mind was well funny!

  128. 45 Apples

    RT @OpenRightsGroup: LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/h0JCoxw9 #copyright #censorship #NewsClub

  129. J.Teigland

    using copyright law to stop people mocking you http://t.co/snvEU1Fz ps no evidence the olympics will do any good http://t.co/YAAwcyHp shhh

  130. Jim Hughes

    Oh, I like this. I like this a lot. RT @libcon: LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/xXWABzV3

  131. Karl Beecher

    using copyright law to stop people mocking you http://t.co/snvEU1Fz ps no evidence the olympics will do any good http://t.co/YAAwcyHp shhh

  132. sunny hundal

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  133. Stephanie Goodwin

    RT @sunny_hundal From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/hYH4GQBi

  134. Mr Omneo

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  135. Camp in LDN

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  136. Manuela Hayes

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  137. Sean Albiez

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  138. Beckie Broccoli

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  139. Alex Kyte

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/zS8rdwLa via @libcon

  140. Gods & Monsters

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  141. PoliticsUK

    Liberal Conspiracy – LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned

    Should parodies of films and music be… http://t.co/zAQl1pTr

  142. karamojo bell INDY!

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2012/02/29/leaked-the-video-olympics-authorities-want-banned/

  143. Rohan Jayasekera

    The spoof Olympics promo that London 2012 wants censored: http://t.co/PVszdcee

  144. Edward McGurk

    From yesterday – the video the Olympics Authorities banned because they dislike parodies http://t.co/1SU6jwKK

  145. Sandra Pitcher

    Parody is illegal in uk? Wtf?! RT @rohanjay: The spoof Olympics promo that London 2012 wants censored: http://t.co/lA5qNI9L

  146. USAKingI Brent_New

    RT @glynmoody the video Olympics Authorities want banned – http://t.co/1pvjM1t5 catch it before it's #censored (v @OpenRightsGroup) #lon …

  147. Dr. Roy Schestowitz

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/9fSvWmvF #london #censorship

  148. Laurel L. Russwurm

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/9fSvWmvF #london #censorship

  149. Sheena Wilson

    using copyright law to stop people mocking you http://t.co/snvEU1Fz ps no evidence the olympics will do any good http://t.co/YAAwcyHp shhh

  150. Lee SE12

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  151. Rob MacLean

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  152. Links 2/3/2012: BackTrack 5 R2, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1, PHP 5.4 | Techrights

    [...] LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned Creating parodies goes to the heart of comedy and is one of the most effective ways to highlight social issues. [...]

  153. Paul Caplan

    Those aliens are scary. http://t.co/aVuALrHJ #righttoparody

  154. Alan199

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  155. SyKeS

    If the Olympics Committee want to ban a video it must be doing something right, right? http://t.co/F8JTm8tM #righttoparody

  156. SyKeS

    Check out this kwality piss-take video of London 2012 Olympics! lol :-D http://t.co/2yg4Vu7m #righttoparody

  157. Gerard Flynn

    LEAKED: the video the Olympics want banned: http://t.co/lq3oW9mA #copyright #censorship

  158. Nemo omeN

    RT @sunny_hundal: The video Olympics Authorities want banned http://t.co/GmMvYKtC

  159. Nemo omeN

    The video #London2012 authorities want banned (they might succeed thanks to UK copyright law): http://t.co/jyYs0esq @sunny_hundal

  160. Kerry

    The video #London2012 authorities want banned (they might succeed thanks to UK copyright law): http://t.co/jyYs0esq @sunny_hundal

  161. mushroom77

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/S7qijvBx via @libcon

  162. jdforrester

    Know I'm late, but love the spoof Olympics/August riots parody video; very well done, and a perfect example of Fair Use http://t.co/fj0SIcp9

  163. Ben Vickers

    Ok, time to lose a few followers…this is honestly the best thing ever posted on Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/JKbbjMdw

  164. Richard Beattie

    LEAKED: the video Olympics Authorities want banned | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/jxP8cedS via @libcon Funny video.

  165. KarlaaWhittierei

    Just learned this, and it sucks>> Parodies of films and music aren’t allowed in UK copyright law without permission. http://t.co/WmS3pxxJ





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