Uri Geller Realizes His Psychic Powers Don't Extend To Twisting Copyright Law

from the stick-to-spoons dept

About a year ago, Uri Geller tried to abuse the DMCA to get videos critical of his "mentalist" act taken down. The videos in question debunked Geller's claims to having supernatural powers, and Geller claimed they were copyright infringement because they used 8 seconds worth of a Geller-copyrighted clip in the entire 13 minute video. Also, it's quite clear from the fact that it was a critique of Geller that this was fair use. Of course, Geller went beyond just issuing a DMCA takedown notice. He also sued. The EFF stepped in and sued Geller back.

It appears that it took some time, but Geller's mental powers do not, in fact, extend to either abusing the DMCA or convincing the EFF that his claim was legit. Instead, Geller appears to have caved completely and settled the case. Beyond just giving up the takedown notice and the lawsuit, Geller has agreed to license the disputed clip under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, meaning that others can make use of those 8 seconds as well (for non-commercial reasons) should they also wish to debunk Mr. Geller's claims of supernatural powers.
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    Ulle, 5 Aug 2008 @ 10:59am

    here is the link showing Uri Geller getting caught: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9w7jHYriFo&feature=related

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