The video some people don't want you to see

Attempts to 'bury' a spoof video exposing the lie behind the motives and actions of the  'peace activists' aboard the 'mercy' ship MV Mavi Mamara bound for Gaza have backfired and the controversy has now hit the healines in the blogosphere.

Captain StabbingA song/video posted on YouTube which parodied the popular media's politically-correct reporting on the 'Gaza Flotilla' was withdrawn on the grounds of copyright breach: the effect has been the reverse.
In the manner of most all material on the internet it will appear and has appeared elsewhere in cyberspace.

Caroline Glick who produced the video for Latma, a group which produces political satire has stated publicly:

YouTube removed most versions of Latma’s hit parody song We Con the World. If you try to access the song on YouTube you receive the notification:

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/ Chappell Music, Inc."

Copyright experts we advised [sic] with before posting the song told us in no uncertain terms that we were within our rights to use the song because we did so in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine.

The Fair Use Doctrine, copied and pasted below from the US Copyright Office stipulates that it is legal and permissible to use copyrighted material under the fair use doctrine for purposes of parody.

Copyright attorneys also warned us that given our clearly lawful use of the song We are the World, if anyone wished to silence our voices, they wouldn’t target us. Instead they would target YouTube.

It is YouTube’s standard practice to remove any material that they receive even the flimsiest threat for because the company wishes to avoid all litigation. [Emphasis mine].

One blogger has commented:

As Glick notes, it’s not the first time that YouTube has come down against the Israeli side in its editorial decisions.  In 2008, the service removed several IDF videos of their actions in Gaza when Israel attempted to bypass what it sees as a hostile global media.  After an outcry, YouTube restored the videos but labeled them as potentially “inappropriate.”

Glick also points out that the “We Con the World” video squarely falls into the realm of parody.  That qualifies it for the “fair use” exemption under copyright law.  Warner /Chappelle can make all the claims they want, but they would lose in court.  YouTube wants to avoid paying for a court appearance, but it doesn’t speak well of a New Media outlet that exists to support content producers that they cave to outside pressure so easily — if that is indeed what happened, and if they weren’t just looking for an excuse to eject Latma’s content from the beginning.

It’s YouTube’s site, and they can do what they want with it.  They are no more a public utility than is Hot Air, and subscribers have to deal with their editorial decisions.  Content producers may want to start looking for alternatives to YouTube, however, as they can also control where and how their content gets published.

1. IDF is an acronym for the Israel Defence Force
2. At time of publishing, there is evidence of YouTube back tracking in the face of criticism about double-standards in its editorial policies. Song parodies and 'cover' versions of copyrighted material abound on YouTube's on-line TV service.
3. 'We con the world' music is based on a Michael Jackson song 'We are the world'.
4. See 'Lies, D... lies, and media headlines' and the way that God sees things.

Christians Together, 18/06/2010

Pete Smith (Guest) 22/06/2010 22:04
A report in the Times in December 2009 stated -

Yitzhak Aharonovitch: captain of the the Holocaust survivor ship Exodus

As captain of the passenger ship Exodus, Yitzhak Aharonovitch played a crucial role in an event that came to symbolise the Jewish struggle for a homeland. In 1947 the Exodus left France for Palestine — then governed by British mandate — with 4,515 survivors of the Holocaust on board, but as it neared the port of Haifa, British naval forces surrounded it and opened fire, killing three people.

With the decision made to surrender — one that Aharonovitch opposed — the passengers were relocated, interned first in Cyprus and then a former Nazi camp.

Pawlo 22/06/2010 22:49
Both Lebanon and Iran have said they are sending ships to challange the naval blockade of Gaza. Lebanons vessel, the Mariam (named after the Virgin Mary) is an all women vessel.
They said

“We are [all] women in order not to give the thieving enemy [Israel] an excuse to use arms against the ship,” Alhaj told a local Israeli Arab-language radio station at the weekend. “The [Zionist] entity…will be defeated by women that will come on the boat…We don’t have Scud missiles or any other missiles and you will see what they will do to us.”

The article went on to say,

"UNITED BY their hatred for Israel, Sunni, Shi’ite and Christian women from Lebanon, the US, France, Britain, Japan, Kuwait and Egypt hope to present a particularly thorny challenge to Israel’s predominantly male naval force, who will have to contend with a boat full of “the gentler sex” on the open sea resolved to force their way into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip."

The so called christian women will likely believe that God is done with the Jews and therefore conclude that they have no right to Israel and Jerusalem, as so many professing Christians seem to believe these days. Scripture teaches otherwise.

As for the Iranian ship, Egypt say that they will allow it passage through the Suez Canal.

As for a better idea of what is actually happening inside Gaza and Israel check out the link below.

Pawlo 12/07/2010 21:25
So another ship is on its way to Gaza. This one is from the "humanitarian" wing of the Gaddafi family in Lybia.

Anyone taken in by this organisation should look at the Gaddafi legacy and their aims before believing that this ship is "not intended to arouse excitement or cause provocation"

Editor 14/07/2010 18:20
It seems that the Gaza-bound ship (MV Almathea) has now changed course.
Debkafile reports:
"Wednesday morning, July 14, found Almathea at anchor about 50 sea miles from the Gaza coast after its captain said his main engine had broken down and would take several hours to repair. debkafile's military sources speculate that he may have stalled the engine to ease his quandary between the ship's Greek owners who ordered him to head for the Egyptian Sinai port of El Arish and unload his 2,000-tons of aid cargo and passengers there, and the insistence of the Libyan group that he continue to Gaza, a course that would bring the vessel into collision with Israeli warships surrounding it it pending instructions from Jerusalem.
Wednesday afternoon, the ship headed west and was on course for El Arish or, alternatively, Libya."

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