Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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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    rhys, 11 May 2007 @ 2:05am


    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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