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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    bmac (profile), 5 Aug 2008 @ 7:00am

    Proved a fake many times

    I sometimes believe I'm the only person still alive who remembers Geller's appearance on "That's Incredible" back in the '70s. If you'll remember, Kathy Lee Crosby and John Davidson were co-hosts and it was a very popular show.

    Anyway, Geller came on and demonstrated a little key and spoon bending, made a pencil spin on the edge of a table and "mentally" moved the pages of a phone book.

    Unknown to him, however, James Randi was backstage and had prepared a controlled experiment for Geller that would prove or disprove his "powerz".

    He just about shat himself when Randi stepped out. The control was a phonebook on a table surrounded by shipping peanuts. If Geller wasn't just blowing on the pages and really using his mind, he would be able to turn the pages while not disturbing the peanuts.

    Geller complained that the stage lights were generating too much static electricity when combined with the peanuts, and it was interfering with his telekenetic power. He got very agitated and even attempted to leave the stage, but he was pulled back on and finally admitted that everything he had done was a simple trick. He then demonstrated the sleight of hand trick of key and spoon bending and explained how he was doing it. Then he admitted that making the pencil spin was simply the wind from moving his hands around in the air.

    Finally, he admitted that he had perfected a method of blowing on the phone book that made little to no sound, and was virtually undetectable.

    He was utterly exposed and ruined, but here he is again 30+ years later trying to fool another generation.

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