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.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    Gwen, 10 May 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.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Essential Reading
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.