Uri Geller Not Just Taking Down Critical Videos, But Suing As Well

from the and-what-do-you-predict-will-happen? dept

A follow up to yesterday's story about the EFF suing Uri Geller for abusing the DMCA to takedown a video critical of Geller by claiming it contained 3 seconds of footage that Geller owns the copyright to (out of a total run time of about 15 minutes). Turns out that the Geller's company had actually gone beyond simply sending a DMCA takedown notice to actually suing the person it believes made the critical film in the first place. Again, the charge is copyright infringement, and Geller's company notes that they believe the clip is 10 whole seconds, rather than just 3. Of course, that doesn't change the fact that it's quite likely the clip (whether 3 or 10 seconds) is protected under fair use. One aspect of fair use is that a clip can be used for criticism -- and that seems to be exactly what's happening here. The lawsuit certainly has the appearance of bullying a critic. While someone from Geller's company denies this by pointing out that he's not suing other videos critical of Geller, this ignores the fact that the video they picked is one that's been quite popular online for a while now. So it's picking on one of the most visible critiques of Geller's supposed "psychic" powers.


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    Gwen, May 10th, 2007 @ 3:11pm

    Why doesn't Uri just bend the YouTubes and clog the internets? That way he can solve his problem and prove his ability.

    Ok, that's pretty silly, but so is the litigious nature that is so rampant in American society.

     

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    Wyndle, May 10th, 2007 @ 3:34pm

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    Last I checked, Geller lives in the UK. I agree that this lawsuit should get bounced out of court but the way things have been going, Geller may have telepathically found a judge that would back him up.

    All trivial issues aside, has he proved in a true scientific test that he can do what he claims? AFAIK, he has not. There is talk on both sides of the fence of bias and tampering with the tests so we may never be able to prove it one way or the other. Does that justify this takedown notice or lawsuit? Absolutely not. If Geller could prove beyond a shadow of doubt that he can do what he claims then Randy MIGHT stop hounding him. Before this action, Randy's tenaciousness made himself look like the bad guy. I guess this is just the culmination of a long feud.

     

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    johnu284, May 10th, 2007 @ 3:46pm

    wyndle

    its spelled Randi. and if Geller proved he could he would have 1 million dollars and randi would completely stop hounding him.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, May 10th, 2007 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Bend the YouTubes

    Somehow, I bet Geller's already tried that.

    Boo, stupid "psychics" who try to bully critics into shutting up.
    Hooray, common sense!

     

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    GoblinJuice, May 10th, 2007 @ 6:17pm

    Randi's cool.

    Links: James Randi Educational Foundation and Wikipedia.

    Oh, yeah, Uri's a cheap fake. Spoond bending is sooo lame. Kids can learn to do it. Seriously. Get some new material.

     

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    Overcast, May 10th, 2007 @ 6:46pm

    That's not copyright related, it's simply trying to squelch free speech.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2007 @ 9:29pm

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    So Uri is trying to SLAPP down Randi. Randi should find a bunch of lawyers to counter sue immediately.

     

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    rhys, May 11th, 2007 @ 2:05am

    Uri

    Anyone fancy creating a class action against Uri because of the psychological damage he has caused by breaking the laws of physics?

    :)

     

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    Cixelsid, May 12th, 2007 @ 2:41pm

    This looks so primed for the Streisand Effect.

     

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    Charles Griswold, May 13th, 2007 @ 5:38pm

    Believes?

    Turns out that the Geller's company had actually gone beyond simply sending a DMCA takedown notice to actually suing the person it believes made the critical film in the first place.

    What do you mean "believes"? If Uri really is a psychic, he should know.

    D'oh! :-)

     

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    John, May 14th, 2007 @ 12:37am

    Uri Geller Not Just Taking Down Critical Videos, B

    This is a very nice post, and I want to see how others react to this.

     

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