Fox Tries To Hide Paula Abdul Videos... Causing (Of Course) Them To Get More Attention

from the nice-try dept

If you follow pop culture news at all, you probably saw the recent clip of Paula Abdul's bizarre performance on a TV news program promoting the latest season of American Idol. In the clip, Abdul sways around, appears confused and occasionally slurs her speech -- a situation that Fox and Abdul tried to explain away as "technical difficulties." However, just as the issue was starting to die down, it appears Fox is giving it an extra push for attention. GMSV points out that Fox has supposedly sent DMCA takedown complaints to YouTube, demanding the offending videos be removed, as they try to erase history (even as plenty of people had already seen the video, and it was already featured on various talk shows). Either way, it's nice to see the press report on the topic quotes a lawyer referring to "the Streisand Effect." Ever since first (jokingly) coining the phrase, we've been waiting for lawyers to understand it.


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    Alan, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:04am

    Lots of em...

    I just checked YouTube and was easily able to find many copies of the video showing her COMPLETELY SMASHED!!!!!!!!!

     

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    Sanguine Dream, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:32am

    Unbelievable

    Weren't we just discussing how some people are learning to work the Streisand Effect to their advantage?

     

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    Buzz, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:40am

    LOL

    Modern communication technologies seem hard to grasp for a lot of companies these days...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:43am

    > appears confused and occasionally slurs her speech -- a situation that Fox and Abdul tried to explain away as "technical difficulties."

    Yeah, those technical difficulties like drunkenness.

     

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    Iam Smart, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:43am

    Blatant PR stunt

    Next up, a Simon sex tape.

     

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    Lewis Salem, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:51am

    Classic clip.

    Saw the clip this week. Wow. I'll have what she's having.

    Anyways, it is sad that now corporations can selectively remove content they don't like with the DMCA. Of course, we all predicted this would happen when this steaming pile of legislature passed years ago.

     

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    misanthropic humanist, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:52am

    how to get fair use

    afaics the letter of the law says it's infringing, though we all know that censorship is the motive.

    From TFA:

    “Some people would say this is an overly aggressive use of the takedown procedure [allowed in the DMCA],” said James Nguyen, an attorney who specializes in entertainment and copyright law at the Los Angeles-based law firm Foley & Lardner. “They’re within their rights … but most of the major TV networks don’t ask you to take down their other clips.”

    He doesn't explain what their rights actually are, especially since:

    However, there are also “fair use” laws that allow some content—such as short clips or satirical depictions of celebrities—to be aired online.

    So what makes the difference?

    Contrary to popular belief and misleading assertions of certain media organisations, Fair Use has never been overturned in the USA. The law still protects content where it used as part of another work analysing, satirising or discussing the contents of the clip in question. Simply taking a short clip and putting it online is not sufficient for Fair Use, ergo to have Fair Use you must have a use for it.

    All that is necessary to protect the clip from DMCA takedowns is to add a short introductory voiceover (over black) asking the question "Was Ms Abdul pissed out of her tiny mind, or not, you decide?"

    That changes it from a potentially infringing "clip" to an integral part of another work, one which poses a ligitimate question and frames the clip correctly as evidence of the case in point, and making any attempt to remove it incontrovertibly censorship.

     

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    UniBoy, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 10:01am

    That's classic!

    At the end of the interview, Paula actually states "Hey, any publicity is GOOD publicity!"

    So, it appears that at least she gets it!

    Classic!

     

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    fak3r, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 10:01am

    Be sure to see the other interviews from that morn

    Damage control talks about 'technical difficulties' and that the interview was at the end of 2 hour press junket -- but watch the same behavior on interviews earlier that day:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=DL5a-MbrtDw

    fak3r.

     

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    Philip, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 10:07am

    It's in effect ....

    the Streisand Effect is in effect. I hadn't herd of this until you mentioned it.

    It's bloody hilarious. I managed to watch another interview with her that's just as bad. Wow.

     

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    Tapper, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 10:15am

    Technical Difficulties

    At one point Fox explained the "technical difficulties" as multiple people talking into Paula's earpiece at once giving her mixed communication and forcing her to try to respond to all of it at once.

    Yea, that's exactly what it appeared to be, good answer Fox!

     

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    AMP, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 10:24am

    Technical difficulties

    80's pop stars sure do have a lot of "technical difficulties"

    Janet Jackson's breast exposure at the Super Bowl
    Paula Abdul smashed on TV

    What's next? Cindy Lauper in a heroine stupor at the Grammy’s?

     

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    KevinG79, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 10:29am

    Re: Technical Difficulties

    At one point Fox explained the "technical difficulties" as multiple people talking into Paula's earpiece at once giving her mixed communication and forcing her to try to respond to all of it at once.
    Try more like... she tried to respond to all the voices IN HER HEAD... Crack,LSD, and whatever other drugs she was on tend to do that to a person... Nice try Fox. You can't hide the obvious fact that your beloved American Idol judge is a crack whore.

     

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    Sanguine Dream, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 11:29am

    Re: how to get fair use


    All that is necessary to protect the clip from DMCA takedowns is to add a short introductory voiceover (over black) asking the question "Was Ms Abdul pissed out of her tiny mind, or not, you decide?"

    That changes it from a potentially infringing "clip" to an integral part of another work, one which poses a ligitimate question and frames the clip correctly as evidence of the case in point, and making any attempt to remove it incontrovertibly censorship.


    But wouldn't putting it up on a video hosting site that allows for comments fit the requirement you just mentioned?

    In this day and age where people are always looking for the chance to say, "Don't knock it before you try it," is it any wonder that people try to get the content in question out into circulation before the PR machine tries to spin it away?

     

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    Jeff, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 11:34am

    I definitely have the hots for her now

    First, she has sex with a contestant. Now she's getting smashed. Paula, call me.

     

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    xxl3w, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 11:58am

    I bet..

    I bet she had RFID chips on her tires. That's how the government was able to obtain this video and distribute it worldwide! DAMN THE MAN! SAVE THE EMPIRE!

     

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    thinlizzy151, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 12:06pm

    Paula Abdul video

    The woman was so obviously smashed, so why did her handlers let her on? What's the big deal anyway? It's only a big deal due to these ham-handed attempts at damage control which only serve to pour gasoline on the fire. When are these companies going to realize that we are now in an age of instant communication and the genie is out of the bottle before you even realize someone has opened it? Or maybe they just wanted all this publicity? Hmmm...

     

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    hoopster, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 12:17pm

    Paula's not drunk, she's on pillz

    definitely a pill popper.

     

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    misanthropic humanist, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 12:27pm

    Re: Re: how to get fair use

    I don't think so Sanguine. That's why I say - make it a part of another work, however small the additional context. Putting "the clip" on a site that allows post facto comments doesn't change it. Making a short introduction does, in fact it makes it your copyright :)

     

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    Major Chriskensonyelson, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 12:37pm

    Good for her

    There are only a handful of beings on earth that can always say they have been smashed on national television.

    Harry Carey
    Joe Namath
    Danny Devito
    George W Bush

    She joins an extremely exclusive group.

    I say good for her!

     

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    MïK, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 1:07pm

    Paula Abominal

    Meanwhile, KCPQ13, the station that the interview originatedon, is airing tape DAILY. Take-down, indeed!

     

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    Chucky, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 2:06pm

    She joins an extremely exclusive group

    Anyone remember Jessica Savitch?

     

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    Political.Asylum, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 7:53pm

    It's pretty obvious...

    It's obvious that Paula Abdul was posting on the Sarcastic Idiocy Forum prior to her seemingly drunken appearance in the video clip. The SIF's effects have been proven by the medical community to cause similar effects to that of ingesting a roofies and NyQuil cocktail.

    http://www.thesif.net/SIF/index.php?

     

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    matticiousg, Jan 25th, 2007 @ 9:45am

    Re: Re: Re: how to get fair use

    I'm not very knowledgeable about copyright law so I could be way off base here, but doesn't youtube.com as an entire website count as a "work" in and of itself? I don't see the difference between a site like youtube and a show like Best Week Ever aside from the number of people allowed to comment on the clip.

     

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    another, Jan 25th, 2007 @ 1:46pm

    Get real

    Call me a cynic, but maybe Fox and Paula did this on purpose to generate even more publicity?

    People really need to understand that much of what happens is all for publicity. Bill O'Rielly goes on Colbern, think Bill doesn't know whats going to happen? Hell, both their ratings have went up. Trump gets into a pissing match with Rosie right before his show goes on, guess what, both their ratings go up. Tom Cruise has a movie coming out, he jumps up on Oprah's couch. Tom Cruise has another movie coming out, he marries someone. He has another movie coming out, he has a baby. GWB wants to weaken middle eastern powers, so he goes in and gets the religious wars started so sooner or later Iran will be fighting another faction soon. Hey, you never know.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 10th, 2008 @ 10:19pm

    where is the tape

     

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