Yoko Ono vs. Ben Stein: Imagine There's No Expelled...

from the who-do-you-side-with? dept

Talk about a legal argument I'd want no part of: Yoko Ono is suing the makers of the anti-evolution documentary Expelled. The movie has received a ton of bad press, and there have been widespread dissections with the many problems in the movie which seems to have difficulty understanding what the scientific method is actually about. Apparently, in one part of the movie, the famous John Lennon song "Imagine" is used, and some of the people complaining about the movie got angry at Ono, thinking she had licensed the song to be in such a controversial movie. The clip was not licensed -- but the filmmakers claim that it's protected fair use, saying that they're using a short clip of the song for commentary purposes. I haven't seen the film, nor can I find that particular clip online, but, as awful as Expelled sounds, I have a hard time siding with Yoko Ono on this. Media companies have, for too long, been overly aggressive in claiming that any use of music in a movie must be licensed. That seems to go against the concept of fair use entirely, and it would be good to change that. I just wish it wasn't with a movie such as this one.


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    Crosbie Fitch (profile), Apr 25th, 2008 @ 10:52am

    Sharing all the world

    Imagine there's no Heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one

     

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    Barry, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:06am

    probably the line
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    GREAT line, esp when you hear it as "no religion to" ,one o)
    I support Ono on this, hope she sues the pants off these idiots.

     

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    Trish, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:23am

    From what I've heard the lyrics to the song aren't really in tune with Stein's views...'no religion too' from a guy pushing creationism? Maybe the song was being dissed by Stein, something like 'Hey, only hippies have no faith!'? I understand Yoko for going after them, for putting Lennon's amazing song of peace and understanding in a film masquerading as a 'documentary' exploring the failings of Darwinism, without even going so far as stating facts to support their views, just another christian-right attempt to look as though they possess rational thought-processes. I wouldn't want my deceased husband's work anyway involved in that.

     

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    roadiebob, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:31am

    "did not see th emovie'

    I love that people who did not see the move want to get all upset about 10 seconds or so of a song used to make a point. The point being that the thought of having an opinion that does not support the mainstream cannot and will not be tolerated. The film is about well respected professors that mention "intelligent design" in some way in an official paper and are swiftly removed from there positions. I thought the movie was well done, I can understand if your afraid to think that there may be a different answer than is proposed by main stream media, that this movie may be upsetting to some. I am glad that it was Ben Stein that did the move and not a Christian, Ben Stein is a Jewish person so it does not come with the Christian baggage. It is simply that with all the complexity of life and balance on this planet and of the rest of the observable universe, that this is not possible with out some intelligent design. See the movie, then complain about the content if you don't like it.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:53am

      Re: "did not see th emovie'

      The film is about well respected professors that mention "intelligent design" in some way in an official paper and are swiftly removed from there positions.

      Or not:

      http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=six-things-ben-stein-doesnt-want-you-to-know&page=2

       

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        ehrichweiss, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:34pm

        Re: Re: "did not see th emovie'

        BUUUUSSSSSSSSSTTTED!!

        I hadn't read that before but it's pretty damn informative about the agenda behind the movie, not that I'm surprised.

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:39pm

      Re: "did not see the movie'

      Um... Judaism is the foundation of Christianity, and Christ was a Jew (I know, a lot of rednecks deny this, but it's clearly stated in the Bible). To say "Ben Stein is Jewish, and therefore his statements have no reflection on Christianity" is just... ignorant.

      The chaos that is the observable universe is absolutely possible without "an intelligent hand involved."

      However, the main point of this article is that Ben's producers took liberties with copywrited, protected materials, and did not receive permission from said material's owners. Whether you like Yoko Ono or not, she and her departed husband would have never allowed the use of their music in the making of this movie.

      Even other musicians have to get permission from song owners to use 5 second clips from their music in another song. Same goes for movie sound tracks.

      It's a simple matter of legality. They failed to follow the law.

       

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        Roadiebob, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 4:57pm

        "did not see the movie'

        I don't remember anyone saying Christianity did not originate with Judaism or that Jesus was not a Jew. What I was saying is if that movie had been done by James Dobson or Robert Schuller or any of the other well known Christian leaders, the anti-Christian crowd would have gone crazy with it.
        I guess you see Chaos when you look at the word and the sky , I see an amazingly well orchestrated event. From the air that I breath, to the gravity that holds me to the ground, to the moon that sucks up most of the meteors that head our way, and a planet (Jupiter) that performs much the same function. The blood that carries the nutrients throughout my body, the brain cells that hold more information then any man made computer system and has a faster recall rate. The Atmosphere that protects us from the solar radiation. The weather systems that keep our planet from being a dead wasteland. The ability to communicate with our mouths, and hear the beauty of the sounds around us, I could go on and on but you get the point. Its too well put together to be an accident.
        I guess I do not see the pieces all fitting together without some force of design. I also could not face death without thinking of an afterlife. How sad if I were to think that everything we do here is insignificant. There is no reason to aspire to anything beyond survival until your lucky day arrives and you no longer need to face another insignificant day.
        As far as Yoko Ono, giver her some money if that is what makes her feel better. The production company probably should have used a different song, or asked her to use it.
        I wonder if every one that utters "Beuller... Beuller" contacts Ben Stein or the studio that owns the rights to that movie?
        I amazed that this thread has gone on so far about such a small amount of material.
        To sum it up... I sleep better at night knowing that there is something higher then me keeping things together. If you sleep better thinking you are the top of the ladder when it comes to running the universe, then so be it.

         

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      Bill, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 3:09pm

      Re: "did not see th emovie'

      *they're positions.

      Sorry, that is in the main-stream dictionary only. Although I support your alternative viewpoint and whatever dictionary you may use.

      PS.

      Not really

       

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      Le Blue Dude, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 9:56am

      Re: "did not see th emovie'

      They might have been removed for the reason of incompetence...

      It is not a scientist's job to speculate wither god exists. It's not our job to wonder why. It's our job to wonder how. We find models that consistently achieve the observed results. We build new kinds of mathamatics to help us do this. If we have faith, (Which many, many, many of us do) we keep it to ourselves because we do not want to compromise our own objectivity.

      Science is not about proving or disproving the existence of god. Intelligent design is just evolution with someone saying 'god did it'. Evolution is a fact. Wither or not god did it is an opinion. Scientists are not paid for opinions.

      'why' is usualy either 'god did it' or 'luck did it'. So quit mixing why with how.

       

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    Overcast, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:35am

    Cry more ol' lady..

    waaaa.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:37am

    Screw her!! I remember her and her druggie husband protesting the government, claiming free speech this and that. Now she wants the government to do something for her that is going to put pressure on someone's (albeit bad) freedom of fair use/speech?? Fuck her.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:41pm

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      The law holds for EVERYONE. Not just the ones you like.

       

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      TKM, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 4:34pm

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      You shouldn't be replying to threads on religion, IP, free speech, and the scientific method with your apparent lack of proper education. Please, only speak when spoken to.

       

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    M., Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:37am

    hey

    I just read somewhere that the chicken is related to the T-rex.

    Aint that cool? I think so.

    What a funny outcome of evolution.

    I wonder what these (creationists) started out as...

    ... ok, I'm gonna go with "HILLBILLIES for $100!"

     

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      .M, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:55am

      Re: hey

      I just read somewhere.
      And it must be true.
      Cause the goverment would not let them print it if it was not true.

       

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      Fushta, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:12pm

      Re: hey

      How can the t-rex be related to the chicken when the dinosaurs became extinct before chickens were around?

      Which came first the t-rex or the egg (or chicken)? Maybe the t-rex is similar in genes to the chicken, but they cannot possibly be related.

       

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        Hahahahahaha, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:13pm

        Re: Re: hey

        That just illustrates that you have no idea how Evolution works ;)

         

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        Michael Whitetail, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 8:42pm

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        That is by far the most ignorant statement in this thread so far.

        If the genes are 'similar' then yes, indeed the creatures are related. Have you never heard of distantly related organisms? Take a few of the species of saber tooth cats, and African tigers of today. Genetically similar and related, tho distantly. The same goes for woolly mammoths and elephants.

        Birds are thought to have evolved from dinosaurs, and the partial genetic samples we've been able to find from dino remains shows a strong link.

        Study your genetics a little better before spouting off, mmm'kay.

         

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      RH, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 11:55pm

      Re: hey

      Does anyone actually understand ID. For clarification, IT IS NOT CREATIONSIM OR CREATIONSIOM WARMED OVER. A creationist says that creation happened as stated in Genesis (first book of the Bible).

      ID simply says that scientific evidence suggest an intelligent designer. While most of its proponents come from a Judaeo-Christian background (or so it seems to me); it says little about the identity of the designer or his/her/its nature that is not observable.

      Redneck - about the only group of people in the United States who will actually work (other than immigrants).

      So I guess I don't find that word in the least bit offensive.

       

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    James, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:39am

    Thank you to

    roadiebob. Often time people who are bigots make points and argue about something which they do not know. I do not get involved about arguments about molecular biology because I have not been trained in it, although I am a highly trained teacher of European history. How can you argue about a movie you have not seen? Well it is easy, you listen to your friends and talking head pundits that tell you what it is about. That makes your argument null and void. Well they (your friends and pundits) could be wrong. No matter what you have heard please wait to make an argument for or against the movie until after you have seen it.

     

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      Word, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 10:03am

      Re: Thank you to

      Yeah, people really shouldn't be arguing about things that they know nothing about. Unfortunately most anti-evolution 'arguments' fail the 'do you know what you are talking about' test. Though I'll admit, I do not know about this specific one.

       

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      JohnJohn, May 26th, 2008 @ 4:25pm

      Re: Thank you to

      James, I think roadiebob said they saw it. The title of the message is a quote from someone else who did not see the movie before commenting. Make sense??

       

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    James, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:44am

    sorry

    about the typos. Typing is NOT a strong suit.

     

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    Thane, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:45am

    Off Topic

    The creation/evolution debate is really of topic and I'm sad it made it into the original post. This is about fair use.

    That said.....

    The movie is about the TREATMENT of creationists and even some tolerant Evolutionists by the "scientific" community.

    These are the ones that take their THEORIES to be FACT - and are OFTEN disproved or flabbergasted by observations in nature.

    For instance - our entire concept of the cosmos is going to be tipped on it's head soon. The Universe is electric. (thunderbolts.info) and the "scientific" community has tried (because of pride) to suppress or basically "ignore" the facts of the observations.

    At any rate - back to fair use....

    The Movie's expose of critics of Creation is it's main point... and the scientific community would like to "image...no religion too"... so I think it fits. Fair use.

     

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      Mr. Tee, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:53pm

      Re: Off Topic

      Theories are more well supported than creationism. That electric universe documentary is based on very incorrect understanding of astrophysics. If you can fall for that, then I assume youll fall for Expelled as well.

      Listen, scientists know what theyre doing. If they didnt, we would all be throwing our feces at each other. Give the scientists a break, they do this stuff for knowlege,not as a pissing contest. Though R Dawkins certainly makes it out to be just that...

      BTW, that one guy that they said got fired for his views. He wasnt fired, his contract wasnt renewed because he published articles that werent properly peer reviewed.

       

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        Falling For Expelled, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 3:36pm

        Re: Re: Off Topic

        This is the problem with America, "scientists know what they're doing"? Give me a break. Twenty years ago, the very scientific community which is today giving us Global Warming, was crying about Global Cooling. Scientists are people too... They have biases and opinions. In all of these years we have been told that man "evolved," not one of these scientists has found any transitional evidence of evolution? Without evidence, it is just theory.

        Scientists know what they are doing? Okay, whatever.

         

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      Kiba, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 4:33pm

      Re: Off Topic

      In the field of science, theories ARE practically facts.

      Scientific theories are unlike theories of everyday man.

      Theories are guess in our regular usage but in science, they are supported by mountain of evidences.

      When something is a scientific theory, it is nothing to scoff at. You're looking at trying to prove facts wrong. That's very hard to do.

       

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        Jman594, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 4:55pm

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        Then perhaps those theories are pointing out a "superior design" and these theories are the building blocks of science. I'm not saying that the scientific theories are untrue or just a bunch of crap. I'm saying that maybe all of this evidence just proves the complexity of the higher beings existance and those were the methods used.

        think about it.

         

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          Kiba, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 11:59am

          Re: Re: Re: Off Topic

          Higher being existence? Like God?

          Why the universe need god or somehow a superior being to exists?

          And how science can prove the existence of higher beings? Science can only study that we puny human beings can detect.


          Can't we say the universe just exist?

          I am sorry to say my imagination and thinking doesn't extend much.

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:47am

    I have absolutely no real knowledge of laws surrounding this, but couldn't they approach it from a defamation of character angle? If it was used without permission (even though permission may not be required), but people are still relating the song's use to Yoko in a film that has been widely criticised, does she have a case there?

     

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    Can we keep this conversation rational?, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:51am

    Proof

    Ben Stein's movie, as he describes it, attempts to lay down the argument that there is not any more hard evidence of cross-species evolution than there is hard evidence of a creator. Both are inferred. Both require faith. Pick your faith.

    He also notes in interviews that someone that doesn't "believe" in Darwinism is often not allowed free speech. It will interesting be interesting to see how this blog entry's discussion does, or doesn't, support his point.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:01pm

      Re: Proof

      Darwinism is just the theory of evolution via natural selection. It doesn't really touch on Speciation, which is what most creation/evolution arguments boil down to nowadays.

      The repeted use of "darwinism" by creationists to describe anything that isn't creationism is just further proof that they put very little actual research into what they claim.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:54am

    Well, I figured out how to change Mike's thoughts on copyright. Just get a bunch of Christians to start downloading music.

     

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      Haywood, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:43pm

      Re: Christians to start downloading music.

      I'm pretty sure they already do. Try a search for Christian rock on Pirate bay, quite a bit available. If I knew the names of any of the groups / performers, I'd do a more in depth search. Kind of ironic in a way.

       

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      Mike (profile), Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:35pm

      Re:

      Well, I figured out how to change Mike's thoughts on copyright. Just get a bunch of Christians to start downloading music.

      Huh? What does religion have to do with anything? And, you fail to note that my position remains constant on this. I'm siding with the movie makers, even if I disagree with the content of the film. Or did you not read that far?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:54am

    this song is completely retarded. who cares.

     

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    trish, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:55am

    'It is simply that with all the complexity of life and balance on this planet and of the rest of the observable universe, that this is not possible with out some intelligent design.'
    And that is the problem. This is the 'argument' that is often used to refute the theory of evolution, but it is simply not so. Evolution supporters have no pretense of knowing where life comes from, because noone does at this point. But, if you believe in god, then you can certainly believe you know that too.
    'having an opinion that does not support the mainstream cannot and will not be tolerated' This is also false. Science is not about dividing opinions into right and wrong ones, nor does it have anything to do with opinions at all. Simply put, it has to do with what makes sense. What can be proven in a rational way using causal relations between factors, AKA 'scientific reasoning' or 'scientific method'. This is what an intelligent human being should be using to study the world around him. Humor me, roadiebob, try using the scientific method to prove creationism. And 'I said so' doesn't constitute a cause.

     

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      Jman594, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 10:59am

      Re:

      "try using the scientific method to prove creationism."

      why don't you try using the scientific method to prove creationism wrong.

      I need to make this clear...
      I am not a creationist, nor do I discount creationists views.

      There are a few facts that are irrefutable.

      First, there is nothing absoultely "known".

      Second, evidence and facts are deemed so by people, which are undisputably fallible.

      Third, testing scientific theories means that they are using information deemed as "known" against information not in posession.

      It takes as much faith to believe in a big bang theory as it does to believe in intelligent design. Both can prove or disprove each other.

      Again, who's to say that all of the scientific theories aren't what the "creator" used to create. Perhaps we are just stumbling on what the "creator" already knows and someday we will be the one's creating.

       

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        AJ, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 5:40am

        Re: Re: Jman594

        So, just curious... most scientists now agree that there is evidence of a big bang. Where did whatever banged come from? And how did it bang?

         

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          Jman594, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 6:31am

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          This is exactly the point. No one can say for certian that there is even evidence. It's probably right on track, but, how can we be for sure?

          This issue is driven more by politics than it is by theory. You know both sides.

          Left = anti-religion, anti-creation, seperation of church and state...

          Right = more accepting to other ideas than those of the elite, not pushing for the elimination of religion, realizes that the founding fathers "created" a government based on religious principals of freedom and God given rights for all men (minus those of blacks at the time, hey, this was acceptable at the time, we weren't there)...

          I'm not a bible thumper, but I am on the right (like you didn't notice). I haven't seen the movie, and frankly, I don't care to. This will be an issue until the left removes all traces of religion from this country.

          What I find funny is that everyone who says that they have a christian belif is automatically labeled as a redneck or hick. I suppose that the two candidates on the dem ticket are too since they both profess their christian beliefs. One to the point of political suicide. Why doesn't someone ask them their stand on creationism and darwinism. (which I seem to think can co-exsist)

           

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      AJ, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 5:31am

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      "Science is not about dividing opinions into right and wrong"... where have you been for the last 10 years of Al Gore and his save the planet campaign??? If you don't buy into the right view, then you're fired, demoted, uninvited... they have no science to back up their ideas so they blacklist anyone who doesn't carry the "sky is falling" banner they want us all to buy in to... They don't want scientific debate, don't want to get climate experts involved. They'd rather just interview people who agree with them to try to scare you into giving up your lifestyle, while Al continues to live like a king off money he's scared out of the public flying his personal jets and driving his huge SUVs. No, science is not tolerated in liberal debate.

       

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        Jman594, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 6:51am

        Re: Re:

        Follow the money. Global warming is another way for the enviro-mental-ists to pry you away from your hard earnd money. I don't know about you, but in my part of this wonderful country, it is cold out right now. So far this winter season, we have had only 13 days out of 120 up over the average high temp.

        I point you all to the founder of The Weather Channel John Coleman's dissertation on Global warming:

        http://media.kusi.clickability.com/documents/Comments+on+Global+Warming02.pdf

        This proves the fact that anyone who doesn't follow suit with the mainstream alarmists gets their views pushed under the rug. The news media only reports one side of most issues. Just like the world running out of fossil fuels, the housing crisis (

         

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          Jman594, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 7:04am

          I wanted you to see...

          I wanted you to see part of this dissertation:

          "These scientists know that if they do research and the results are in no way
          alarming, their research will gather dust on the shelf and their research careers will languish. But if they do
          research that sounds alarms, they will become well known and respected and receive scholarly awards and,
          very importantly, more research dollars will come flooding their way."

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:03pm

    Fair use to be determined

    If Yoko doesn't like the fact that the song is being used she has the right to sue for protection. If it is "fair use" she'll lose and life will go on. If the courts find out she is right, then the song will have been protected.

    I don't think anyone has the right to think that they can use someone's work to make another product to sell and expect that this issue wouldn't come up. Usually people would ask permission and find another way to express the same point if turned down.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:10pm

    Creation vs Evolution

    In actuality, it's:

    Creation + Evolution

     

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    lol, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:18pm

    It is interesting

    That the people who disagree with the movie's premise think that its morally/ethically acceptable to bend fair use policies (law) to harm someone they don't like.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:24pm

      Re: It is interesting

      It's more interesting to note your interpretation of what people are saying. No one, not even Mike, has sided with Yoko on this. Some have been outright hostile to her. The most criticism the use of the song has received is that it might not fit Stein's claims, not that it was unfair to use it.
      Most of the comments here have come down to the (boring and tired) "debate" of creationism vs evolution.

      As I said, your interpretation is rather interesting. It's as if you are deliberately attempting to be victimised.

       

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    lol, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:27pm

    huh?

    GREAT line, esp when you hear it as "no religion to" ,one o)
    I support Ono on this, hope she sues the pants off these idiots.
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    whats your point again? I think I missed it.

     

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    m., Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:30pm

    PFFT!

     

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    Barry, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:34pm

    whats your point again? I think I missed it.
    People use religion as an excuse to kill (amazing concept)

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:38pm

      Re:

      You'd be hard pressed to find something people *don't* use an an excuse to kill.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:44pm

      Re:

      "whats your point again? I think I missed it.
      People use religion as an excuse to kill (amazing concept)"

      People use lack of religion as an excuse to kill (amazing concept).

      There, fixed it for you.

       

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        CVPunk, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 3:24pm

        Re: Re:

        People use the reason of opposing or lack religion to kill (amazing concept)

        Just thought I would help you both out. Seeing as how ever since there has been a "god" people have killed in his name.

         

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      bkm, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:49pm

      Re:

      I don't disagree, but I hardly think people need to use religion as an excuse to kill, there seems to be quite a lot of killing for non-religious reasons as well.

       

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    Onikitsune, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:35pm

    Re-align: Trish.

    'having an opinion that does not support the mainstream cannot and will not be tolerated'
    "This is also false. Science is not about dividing opinions into right and wrong ones, nor does it have anything to do with opinions at all. Simply put, it has to do with what makes sense."
    That may be true of Science, Trish, but certainly not of Politics. It is the politicians who are driving the content of this film (and thread). To attempt to stay in power they try to push ideas they don't agree with out of the mainstream. Hence, the movie, the use of the song, and the lawsuit.

     

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    lol, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:39pm

    Barry

    ur a stoopid retarted moranic looser

     

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    Who Me!, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:39pm

    So tell me.....

    Creation and Evolution are one and the same! We were created and we are still evolving. The perspective is on the word "Creation". One way or the other life began. That is in itself "Creation".

    And as far as fair use goes... Mr. Lennon wrote and performed "Imagine", and it is well within his estates writes to give or take away permission on its use. And if you don't ask permission, then you don't get to use it. If you don't agree, just try creating something, lets say you created a peace aggreement that stopped a war between to nations, only to have it taken and used by another nation as a base for fratricide, just because they think it fits! Just because you THINK fair use fits or does'nt fit is in the eye of the beholder.

     

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      Mike (profile), Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:53pm

      Re: So tell me.....

      And as far as fair use goes... Mr. Lennon wrote and performed "Imagine", and it is well within his estates writes to give or take away permission on its use.

      Er, except when it comes to legally defined fair use. The whole point of fair use is that such uses are *not* within his estate's rights to take away permission on.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:15pm

        Re: Re: So tell me.....

        Oh... and BTW try useing a peice of footage from a NFL game without thier permission.... I'll lay odds that if someone wanted to use your likeness without permission or paying you for it, fair use goes out the window. Its just how far we, and I do say "we", are willing to go before we are all exploited.

         

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    Ebag333, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:44pm

    Comments made by Mike:

    Mike makes several interesting comments.

    The movie has received a ton of bad press

    Sure. Any controversial movie does. What you're failing to mention is that it's also recieved a ton of good press and "scored an impressive $3.2 million in its opening weekend, more than all but eight other movies." (http://digg.com/movies/Expelled_propelled_to_box_office_top_10)

    Making it sound like the movie has only recieved negative press is not the (mostly) balanced view I've up to this point enjoyed from Techdirt.

    and there have been widespread dissections with the many problems in the movie which seems to have difficulty understanding what the scientific method is actually about.

    As you haven't seen the movie, perhaps you don't understand that it's not about the scientific method. It's about how the academic and scientific communities restrict and block those who delve into areas that are not (for lack of a better word) "popular".

    This has been true for many years. Look at today, much research on what might be termed "global cooling" is ignored or shuffled off to the side...despite the fact that global cooling was a "known fact" ten years ago (just like global warming was supressed back then). Research into cheap alternatives to name brand drugs, same thing. There's many different examples that could be used (and some of which that I've seen on this site).

    I've seen the movie, and to get back to the topic at hand Expelled used several lines from John Lennon's song "Imagine" (two if I recall correctly).

    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too


    The point they were making was that by forcibly stripping "religion" out of the scientific and academic communities, you were limiting what people could and could not explore (in the context of the movie, you could explore whether life was created on the backs of crystals, or aliens, but not by a "higher power", whether that be Krishna, God, Allah, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster).

    The main part of the movie was to point out that freedom to choose what you researched...whether it be wrong or right...whether it made sense or not...was being restricted.

    Oh, and in my opinion, definatly fair use, especially since it's styled as a documentary.

     

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    Anonymous Cowtard, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:44pm

    My Goodly Christian Thoughts...

    I don't like John Lenin. That song is communist tripe!

    Here's the real deal -- baby Jesus made everything, and so God owns the copyright to everything. I mean, Jesus does. I mean, his daddy, God. I mean, God is Jesus... Christ, I'm confused now. Jesus is his own father? No, wait... God made Jesus to save everyone from God's wrath... or something.

    Everything came from nothing, as in the Big Bang Theory, which works, by the way, perfectly with these statements:

    The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can change its form.

    The total quantity of matter and energy available in the universe is a fixed amount and never any more or less.

    And Jesus.

     

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      CVPunk, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 3:31pm

      Re: My Goodly Christian Thoughts...

      "I don't like John Lenin. That song is communist tripe!"

      actually it would be more along the lines of Anarchism, as he is also speaking about the abolishment of government.

       

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    Robert Martin, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:45pm

    Ono it's the Mr Bil Show

    Shut up OKO you pan-fried commie. You didn't write the song. And as far as creationism vs. Darwinism, My God, it takes way more faith to believe in Darwinism than it does Creationism. Put the Bong down hippie freaks and think with the braid that GOD gave you.

    I like the thought of Intelligent design, otherwise, I would have a superiority complex, knowing that I am so much smarter than you undeveloped life forms wanting to call yourselves human. You are about 300,000 years behind me!!!

     

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      kestryl, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:47pm

      Re: Ono it's the Mr Bil Show

      Whether she wrote it or not, now that John is dead, she and his children own the rights. Period. It's called copyright infringement.

      And btw, I thought the believers in intelligent design thought the earth was only a couple of thousand years old? (no where near 300,000.) You can't even get your make-believe facts right?

       

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        Jman594, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 11:15am

        Re: Re: Ono it's the Mr Bil Show

        You have got to be kidding. Why do you think that the only people who belive in intelligent design are Christians. Or for that matter, even associated with any religon at all. You can't even make fun of someone right. You are ignorant. Maybe not stupid, but definately ignorant.

         

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      CVPunk, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 3:36pm

      Re: Ono it's the Mr Bil Show

      "I like the thought of Intelligent design, otherwise, I would have a superiority complex, knowing that I am so much smarter than you undeveloped life forms wanting to call yourselves human. You are about 300,000 years behind me!!!"

      actually I think you mean "underdeveloped" not "undeveloped".
      you sure are smart though... too bad you can't spell. "braid that GOD gave you" ??? I didn't know he was a hair stylist.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 10:13am

      Re: Ono it's the Mr Bil Show

      Are you a brain surgeon? No?

      Well, then a brain surgeon is certainly more intelligent then you. All the brain surgeons I know agree that evolution is a fact. Except the ones who believe that evolution is a fact, but it was guided by the deity of their choice.

      And don't let me get started on what the biologists believe.

       

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    lol, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:49pm

    RE: So what do YOU think the Sunnis and Shiites are fighting over?

    everything?

    Its like asking what Africans fight over.

    A: Anything that pisses them off.

     

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    Alan, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:53pm

    Lying POS pseudo-docementary

    Before seeing "Exposed", check out www.expelledexposed.com.

    None of the prof's in the "documentary" lost their position because of their views on ID ...

    Alan

     

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    ricky berlin, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:55pm

    Mechanical license to use a recorded work in a commerical movie has always been very expensive, and closely protected by the record companies and artists involved. Mr. Stien and his producers were foolish to use this song without proper permissions and payments. Yoko is right on this and should seek an immediate injunction to stop all screenings of this film until the issues are resolved.

     

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    Josh, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:03pm

    I Agree

    This would be an awful thing to be a part of. While the song within the film was "fair use", it was used badly and as a means to an awful end. I could mention all the of terrible things wrong with Expelled, but there are only twenty-four hours in a day. Perhaps there should be a disclaimer on fair use, saying that it only legally qualifies for fair usage if it used for good intead of stupid.

     

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    greg, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:07pm

    anything that makes the liberals mad

    anything that makes the liberals mad, cant be a bad thing.
    In the US where blacks that say whitey is bad, become professors. And muslins who say kill Christians become professors. And where someone who says maybe God is involved in day to day life, get fired.
    So I see this is a great thing. ;-)
    Push the liberals buttons!

     

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    greg, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:12pm

    HAHA

    I love the "anyone, anyone" quote on the trailer.
    HAHAHA

     

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    jeff, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:16pm

    Quick clarification

    The movie is not a Christian film, as Ben Stein is NOT a Christian, nor is it anti-athiest, but it is movie that shows how aethiets are killing freedom of thought against thows who do not follow the Theory of Evolution.

     

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    Who Me!, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:20pm

    Ok.. I really don't mean to post this twice but try useing a peice of footage from a NFL game without thier permission.... I'll lay odds that if someone wanted to use someones likeness without permission or paying you for it, fair use goes out the window. Its just how far we, and I do say "we", are willing to go before we are all exploited.

    Just to get myself heard

     

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    bobo_the_dog_faced_clown, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:34pm

    killling the name

    If you read the lyrics, its pretty much saying "dont be an ass to people, greed and hatred suck" (in very lay-person speak). It seems yoko isn't fulfilling her dead husbands wishes. Just saying.

     

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    I hate stupid people., Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:34pm

    Why did they waste their time?

    Did they think people would really care to watch this movie?

    Why did they bother to waste money, time, and their reputation against something that has been scientifically and mathematically proven such as evolution. It's only a "theory" because it happens on such a large time scale that you can't observe it in one lifetime. Plenty of other "theories" are more-so-than-not solid fact, especially with dealing with space phenomenons.

    So, these idiots decide to toss years of scientific research out of the window stating that it can't be proven (usually having understood the concept all wrong to begin with), and instead decide to blindly follow a book that has absolutely no foundation other than it self-proclaiming that "God said so".

    I should write a book about nonsense and contradicting stories, hide it in a cave somewhere in an air-tight box, and in 2000 years some idiot will find it and it'll become a religion.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:35pm

    The point they were making was that by forcibly... The point they were trying to make doesn't matter the question is did they have the right to use the song for any reason or to make any point. Oh, and in my opinion, definatly fair use, especially since it's styled as a documentary. That is what Yoko has the right to have determined in court.

     

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    Who Me!, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:38pm

    What is Fair Use? And don't tell me the Law!

    except when it comes to legally defined fair use But my question still remains: How far are we willing to push "Fair Use"? When will it become to much? Yes I do believe in fair use, but not what our law makers dream up for us, we are a over indulgent society and we really have a hard time stopping before its to late. Don't believe me, check your history, many people have died for thier rights to something or another. And it does not always make sense. People have killed each other over inches of dirt, just because they "Believed" they had "Fair Use" of the land. And I'll be the first to admit that "Belief" or "Faith" has never been my strong point, but I do have a sense of pride in the human spirit. I do believe in that.

     

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      Mike (profile), Apr 25th, 2008 @ 1:53pm

      Re: What is Fair Use? And don't tell me the Law!

      But my question still remains: How far are we willing to push "Fair Use"? When will it become to much? Yes I do believe in fair use, but not what our law makers dream up for us, we are a over indulgent society and we really have a hard time stopping before its to late. Don't believe me, check your history, many people have died for thier rights to something or another. And it does not always make sense. People have killed each other over inches of dirt, just because they "Believed" they had "Fair Use" of the land. And I'll be the first to admit that "Belief" or "Faith" has never been my strong point, but I do have a sense of pride in the human spirit. I do believe in that.

      Yikes. Fair use over content, an infinite good, is quite different than taking away someone's property (a scarce, rivalrous good). To compare the two does nothing to help this conversation.

      Fair use is defined in the law. You claimed that it was not.

      You are incorrect.

       

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    Who Me!, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:05pm

    Re: What is Fair Use? And don't tell me the Law!

    So you would back a law, just because it is the law? That still does not answer the question; How far are we as a society going to push "Fair Use" before it goes that far? I have been in politics for 5 years as a city councilman, and I will question the right to make laws just because we "Think" we have the need. I do believe that in the end we will "Law" us right out of existance.

     

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    Hahahahahahaha, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:12pm

    Meh...

    I'm sick of bronze-age myths, and the Cro-Magnons that believe in them...

     

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    Beevis, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:30pm

    It's not whether you support

    Agree with several posters that this is appropriation of Ms Ono's property. (We may or may not like her; "imagine" that is was owned by Sony or Karl Rove or Greenpeace.)

    It was appropriated to make a point (and to make money). How can Ben think he's entitled to use art owned by others to make a point - or to make money - without licensing it? Would he object if you embedded a clip of his show in a movie without licensing it?

    Fair use might apply if the movie were commenting on the song, or the Beatles, or some such. In this case the movie appropriates the song as a potent cultural shorthand - and for that you need permission.

     

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    Hoosier, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 2:45pm

    Naming names

    What is it with all the name calling? If you have a reasonable argument and vaild points, (on either side of either issue) name calling immediately nullifies any consideration by rational thinkers.

    *mumbles* bunch of goobers

     

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    Tobin, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 3:08pm

    Accident

    I want all you people to walk outside in the morning and look at the sun coming up and the blue sky, or the night sky with all the stars in the sky and say, "yup, this all happened by accident." If you think the world we live in happened by chance, that somehow nothing turned into something, how does that make any sense? How do you rationalize that...to me, it doesn't make any sense at all

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 4:29pm

    Hmm... I thought Fair Use has to do with...

    ...reviewing or commenting on the item in question, not using it in the background of a commercial production. I could be wrong.

    But I'd like to point out that, no matter what the law says, if a big company used a song clip created by two kids from Podunk, America that was posted on YouTube in the background of a movie, I think everyone would be upset that they weren't paid for the usage and would be on thier side.

    Just sayin'...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 6:05pm

    expelled belongs in the sewer with all the other crap

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:20pm

    Study your blog a little better before spouting off, mmm'kay?

    Hey, people. This is supposed to be a thread about fair use. Not about God and Jesus and Ben frickin' Stein.

    It's pretty annoying to those of us who actually have comments and would like to read comments about fair use. Not God or Jesus or Ben frickin' Stein.

    Go argue about it here, http://www.amazon.com/tag/religion/forum?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx417AUXOWKSRN&cdThread=TxN5 E3BNT507Z4 instead.

     

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    mike allen, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 12:37am

    most comments

    have missed the point Yoko is wrong on this one as to religeon we got rid of all the false gods bar one time to drop the dead donkey.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Apr 26th, 2008 @ 1:20am

    Councilman?

    RE #57

    Wow. You scare me more than most, especially since you're a town leader. It appears that you think we are pushing the law of "Fair Use" beyond it's limits, and if we keep pushing this Fair Use, we'll go too far.

    That's entirely backwards. For about 400,000 years of human existence, there was no such thing as copyright, trademark, or patents. Then in the past blip of time, society has greatly expanded intellectual property laws - whether you think that's for the better or the worse. That means in the past two centuries, a massive reduction in what constitutes Fair Use.

    And in this most recent decade, it's the IP laws and the aggressive push for increased ownership of ideas that is getting stretched beyond the scope of the word of law, the constitution, and the intent of the Fathers of the Republic.

    Fair Use is a layman's pitifully small right to craft a joke, make a parody, show a clip, quote a work, backup a video. Fair Use is not being stretched beyond it's original scope, much to the contrary, it is under perpetual attack.

    Let the movie take snippets from songs, but not the entire song, since that's the law of the day. That stands whether you like the movie or not.

     

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      Crosbie Fitch (profile), Apr 26th, 2008 @ 5:39am

      Re: Councilman?

      'Fair use' is a redundant and invidious concept, a paltry concession against the intrinsic unfairness of copyright. The thing is, copyright is intrinsically unfair in the first place.

      Fundamentally, use of a published work can be fair (in the true sense of the word) even if it involves making unauthorised copies or derivatives.

      Unfairness only tends to occur when people make misrepresentations of others or misattribute each others' work.

      If the use of Imagine misrepresents John Lennon as endorsing something he did not, such as creationism, then the use is unfair.

      As long as the use does not impair truth then it is a fair use.

      Of course, despite being a fair use, it may still infringe someone's copyright, but that infringement doesn't constitute unfairness, merely a contravention of someone's anachronistic and intrinsically unfair privilege.

       

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    Andrew, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 8:32am

    Maybe trademark law is a better fit?

    I'm definitely on Yoko's side with this one, but not on the basis of copyright infringement. The facts Mike presented clearly demonstrate that people are wrongly inferring Yoko's approval of the content of the film, or association with the film, because the song appears in it. To me this seems like the sort of thing that trademark laws were designed to avoid. Personally, I think it's fair to say that Imagine (or virtually any Beatles song) is sufficiently iconic to be a "trademark".

     

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    MLS, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 8:54am

    Fair Use?

     

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    MLS, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 9:07am

    Fair Use?

    Given the general tenor of many of the above comments, I presume the commenters would agree that submitting a plagiarized copy of a paper to your teacher would be just fine since it is, after all, a fair use.

    Based upon the information contained in the linked article, it appears that Ms. Ono does present a relatively strong case for both copyright infringement and common law unfair competition. Even a cursory review of just the fair use factors used by the courts demonstrates why the defendants will likely find themselves in a precarious legal position. For example, the first fair use factor includes whether or not a use is for profit or not for profit. News reports say this movie is being shown at theaters throughout the country and seems to be doing quite well. There goes the first shoe to drop, with others to follow.

     

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      Mike (profile), Apr 26th, 2008 @ 10:57am

      Re: Fair Use?

      MLS, that's rather misleading -- which surprises me, since you're usually quite fair, especially on copyright stuff.

      Commentary and criticism is a legitimate fair use defense, and the moviemakers claim they're using the song not for the song, but for commentary purposes.

      As for the four factor test, it's rather misleading to point to just the profit one. You know as well as I do that this isn't a check box test, but that you use the four factors to get a general sense of whether or not something is fair use. The fact that it's used in a for profit venture does not, by itself, exclude it from being fair use.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 12:12pm

        Re: Re: Fair Use?

        I did not go into any detail simply because I did not see any useful served by discussing all the fair use factors set forth in the statute and associated case law interpreting and applying the statute. For those who might deem it important, the statute is presented below.

        "17 USC § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

        Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

        (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

        (2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

        (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

        (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

        The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors."

        Over and above the statute itself is a long legislative history attached to the statute and going into extensive detail on what Congress intended by the above language. For example, classroom use by teachers and the application of fair use to such classroom use is very lengthy.

        Of course, relevant case law is extensive, the opinions typically quite long, and replete with "legalese" that assumes the reader is intimately familiar with the vagaries of copyright law and the fair use exception replicated above.

        Based upon my experience as an attorney dealing with this area of law, it is my view that by and large each of the above factors tend to favor the plaintiff. The use is commercial and for profit, the nature of the work is music with lyrics and score (as opposed to a general publication that one would ordinarily expect would be quoted in part), the use entails approximately 13% of the work (a number far in excess of what even classroom uses are permitted to find safe harbor under Section 107), and the association of the work with the subject of the movie is likely to be viewed as a significant derogation of the value of the work.

        Note that I also mentioned common law unfair competition. Numerous other legal doctrines come into play beyond merely copyright and trademark law, but I would have to read the actual complaint filed with the court to try and assess their number and scope.

         

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    Just thinking, Apr 26th, 2008 @ 1:19pm

    Thought this was an interesting comment from Ben Stein:

    "So Yoko Ono is suing over the brief constitutionally protected use of a song that wants us to 'Imagine no possessions'? Maybe instead of wasting everyone's time trying to silence a documentary she should give the song to the world for free. After all, 'imagine all the people sharing all the world … You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the World can live as one.'"

     

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    Anon, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 2:28am

    You haven't seen the movie ...

    but you freely accept other peoples criticisms of it.

    You sound more gullible than the aforementioned rednecks.

    Are you writing for intelligent people? Like those commenters above who are making requests for the idiotic suit to succeed simply because it would further their own dogmatic views?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 2:40am

    Hey, Rose M. Welch

    @83

    Mike Masnick started it with a gratuitous display of his feelings about the movie's merits (not based on his own experience) when discussing the copyright case's merits.

     

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    JustMe, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 6:55am

    More Yoko BS

    Wasn't she suing someone named Lennon? Move over lady, your 15 minutes ended about 30 years ago.

    Also, I don't like your 'singing'

    http://digg.com/celebrity/Yoko_suing_Lennon_Murphy_for_being_named_Lennon_and_signging

     

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    John, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 2:15pm

    Interesting

    I think this discussion is typical of the internet: where else can a topic about fair use turn into an argument over evolution, creationism, and religion? ;)

    Anyway, I'm going to agree with post #92.
    I may be cynical, but what if the producers (or Ben Stein himself) *purposely* didn't bother with obtaining clearance for the music. Maybe they thought they were covered by "fair use" (and maybe they legally are)... or maybe they gambled that any lawsuits would bring them more attention.

    Do they use any other songs in the movie? Did they get clearances for those songs?

    Realistically, what will happen? Everyone goes to court, if the producers are found guilty then they pay a fee, and they might remove the song from the DVD release. Yet the lawsuit may bring in more than enough business to cover any legal fees or punishment.

     

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    Just thinking, Apr 27th, 2008 @ 7:27pm

    RE: Scientific Method

    I know this is off the topic of the lawsuit, but since people keep bringing it up anyway:
    Neither the evolution hypothesis (back when I was in college a "theory" was something that was proved by the scientific method) nor the intelligent design hypothesis can be proved by the scientific method, which is as follows.

    1. Define the problem. Identify one question you want answered.
    2. Come up with a possible answer (hypothesis) to your question.
    3. Create an experiment that will provide an answer to your question.
    4. Perform the test for the hypothesis.
    5. Perform the test several more times to see if the results are the same each time.
    6. Form your conclusion based on the test results.

    Neither intelligent design nor evolution have been tested nor reproduced successfully.

    One thing scientists are doing is trying to show evidence of their hypotheses with the fossil record. (that is not the "scientific method") The problem with this method is a firm believer of intelligent design can look at a set of bones and come to one conclusion, and a firm believer in evolution can see something totally different. But neither one can "prove" they are correct.

     

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      Kiba, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 12:02pm

      Re: RE: Scientific Method

      But we can prove evolution does occur.

      Ever heard of new species forming? We already saw it either in experiment or nature.


      And we did predicts some species with evolution.

      Can intelligent design predicts anything?

       

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    Darwin's Myth, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 12:45pm

    Atheists Are United in Fascism

    So, the atheists wouldn't just like to control what is taught in the schools... they want to control the movie theaters, too.

    By the time Expelled leaves the theaters, there is a chance that it will be in the "top" 20 documentaries of all time, at the box office, in spite of all the bad press reveiws from atheistic/anti-Christian sources. The atheists will whine about that for years.

    Evolution hasn't ever been observed... in the fossil record, in nature, or in the lab. Microevolution (variations) isn't evolution. You need macroevolution, which is voodoo science, created in someone's mind.

    The evolution fairy tale will be quickly exposed as the greatest lie/joke of all time, once scientists and professors are allowed to give their evidences and opinions in schools and universities without the fear of getting ostracized and fired for it.

     

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    Darwin's Myth, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 12:45pm

    Atheists Are United in Fascism

    So, the atheists wouldn't just like to control what is taught in the schools... they want to control the movie theaters, too.

    By the time Expelled leaves the theaters, there is a chance that it will be in the "top" 20 documentaries of all time, at the box office, in spite of all the bad press reveiws from atheistic/anti-Christian sources. The atheists will whine about that for years.

    Evolution hasn't ever been observed... in the fossil record, in nature, or in the lab. Microevolution (variations) isn't evolution. You need macroevolution, which is voodoo science, created in someone's mind.

    The evolution fairy tale will be quickly exposed as the greatest lie/joke of all time, once scientists and professors are allowed to give their evidences and opinions in schools and universities without the fear of getting ostracized and fired for it.

     

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      Abudie Abudye, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 2:05pm

      Re: Atheists Are United in Fascism

      Intelligent design has not been observed. We keep finding new species that fit along the line of transforming from one species to another.

      Anyway if the design was at all intelligent, then I have some SERIOUS complaints to god about how the human brain was wired. I mean, I know the traits of hating all people who are different/outsiders was useful back in the heyday of evolution, but since we were designed by a higher purpouse, you'd think S/He would edit something like that out, no?

      I don't believe Internet design because I refuse to believe in a god that is a sadist, or a god who actually makes people have evolutionary urgers to ostracize otherwise productive members of society just because one fairly small thing about them is very different.

       

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    Just thinking, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 3:06pm

    RE:

    No, I haven't heard of new species forming. I have heard of microevolution, which is a totally different thing. (I'm a biology major, by the way. I've been a teacher for the last 10 years.) Can you name some of these "new" species you're talking about?

    By the way, is English your second language? Just curious.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2008 @ 4:43am

    Theft and money

    The subject of the movie doesn't matter at all. What matters is whether the people who made the movie had permission to use John Lennon's song from his estate.

    Because many people commit theft today by downloading recordings of performances of works that were created by others, doesn't change the fact that those people who download commit theft.

    Because it's easy to make a copy of anything that can be recorded digitally, doesn't change that what is being committed is an act of theft.

    Our laws say that you can't commit theft. Until the law is changed by us, those who download are nothing more than thieves.

    Look in the mirror: You're probably a thief. If you're not religious and you're a thief, you are the product of poor upbringing because you're taking someone else's property. If you're religious and you're thief, you ought to examine what you really believe because you're a pile of contradiction.

    Theft of digitally recorded works is rampant today, but that doesn't imply that the makers of the film had a legal right to use the song.

    If any of that is confusing, don't worry; it's really very simple: Copyright is all about money, who gets to keep it, how expensive it is to break that law, and how difficult it is to enforce that law.

     

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    Martin, Jun 5th, 2008 @ 2:29pm

    Stein gets away with theft..

    As a Christian I am offended that Ben Stein will get away with theft. Taking the property of others without asking is theft. Pure and simple. Glossing it over with "free speech" does not excuse the fact that this non-Christian flat took without asking what was not his to use. I am using a higher principle than the hokey kinnard "fair use". He could have offered to pay for it's use first and then played this card but he just took it. Christians are supposed to avoid the very appearance of impropriety and are called to higher standards than what "the world" relies upon. See God's standards on marriage and divorce. God equates name calling with murder in Matt. 5:21. God will not be mocked Ben Stein. You hide behind man's laws and flout God's.

     

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    george cain, Aug 13th, 2008 @ 9:45am

    Fair use clause

    have any of you higher intellects actually read the law on fair use???????????????

    it was designed for consumers so they can buy a cd or dvd and make a freaking copy of it and not go to jail or be fined for pirating.

    let me repeat: "CONSUMERS"; if you make 100,000 copies of the cd and start selling it, guess what, you get fined $100,000.

    remember that little message at the beginning of movies about showing it and charging admission....it's a big fine; you can't do it because you dont own the damn movie.

    well, Fair use dont apply to Film Makers who use your music in their film and put it out for millions of people to come see and pay you $10 to get in the theatre.

    EMI publishing is who brought the lawsuit against the creationist crooks. you want to guess why? because they own part of the rights to lennon's songs. that's the way it works as a songwriter, you have to give up a % of your rights to the publishing company. typically 50/50 deal but you get better deal if you are successful artist.

    yoko will win the case even if it has to go to the supreme court...she will win....these assholes broke the law. arrogant dicks.

     

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