Did ICE Pirate An Anti-Piracy Video From NYC?

from the what's-wrong,-can't-make-your-own? dept

You may recall a few months back we wrote about an NBC Universal backed campaign paid for with NYC taxpayer dollars to put up anti-piracy propaganda around NYC, based on the blatantly false claim that "there's no such thing as a free movie." Ironically, the makers of the propaganda videos had no trouble using the "free" YouTube to host the videos telling people there's no such thing as a free movie. SD points us to the news that Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has now posted the same video... stripped of references to New York City to its YouTube channel, and put a thing at the end asking people to send infringement notifications to ICE. While I'm sure that ICE got permission from NYC to use these videos (and yes, the headline above is joking), it does seem a bit weird that it would just copy someone else's anti-piracy videos. Considering the pro-copyright defenders around here are always arguing that copying like this is bad when you could "just create your own," will they now say that ICE should have created its own propaganda videos as well? In the meantime, is anyone else disturbed that taxpayer money is being used to fund clearly misleading (or downright dishonest) propaganda videos designed to protect a particular industry?


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    vivaelamor (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 2:07pm

    Joke

    "and yes, the headline above is joking"

    That'll avoid a lot of unnecessary comments.

     

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    Planespotter (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 2:45pm

    Maybe Youtube should take a proactive approach to this film? The industry keep saying that Youtube should be able to tell what does and doesn't infringe, maybe they should pull the ICE version and just say that they believed it infringed on the NYC version.

     

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      ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 5:00pm

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      I'm REALLY tempted to send a DMCA takedown notice here. Sure, I don't own the rights, but it's not like anything happens to anyone who does this crap.

       

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        RD, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 5:22pm

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        "I'm REALLY tempted to send a DMCA takedown notice here. Sure, I don't own the rights, but it's not like anything happens to anyone who does this crap."

        Ever notice how the big shilltard/copytards dont have any problem with this too? No one ever addresses this inequity in the law that hands so much power to so few with zero reprecussions against the good of the public.

         

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    Dave, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 2:57pm

    I dunno: I'd object more to ICE using MORE taxpayer $$$ to create new video, rather than using footage already created by another gov't agency.

     

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      :Lobo Santo (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:09pm

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      I think I generally object to ICE being at all government funded. They're doing the MAFIAA's work, so why is public money being used to fund them?!?

       

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      SD (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:46pm

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      They should make a new video that's clear and concise instead of spreading this union patronizing straw man FUD. They're hiding the fact that movie studios have the final say in who they employ, not the pirates. Sadly, when the MPAA's talking points are parroted by the government more people are likely to believe it's true.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:04pm

    Not quite snarky enough, Masnick. Demonize harder.

     

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    Anonymous Coward's raped mother, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:23pm

    ICE and now DHS are nothing more than establishments for tax payers to fund big businesses interests.

    It's exploitive and corrupt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:39pm

    Shame comments aren't allowed....
    I'm amazed someone hasn't re-used the footage and made a parody video.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:42pm

    I've just flagged the video as inappropriate.
    What's good for the goose....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:46pm

    I think it's funny how this time around the comments and votes are disabled.

     

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      SD (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:37pm

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      It's funnier when censoring happens in real time in an "open" thread. Right before YouTube broadcasted President Obama's first live speech about the Libya intervention, they linked to his weekly address from a few days back on the top of every YouTube page. The speech was scheduled way too close to 4:20 on the west coast. People in the comments thread were complaining about a lot of different subjects, but the comments with the most upvotes were always about legalizing marijuana. Each were deleted as fast as they came up, while other people started dissing the censors in the comments. I might be wrong, but I think ICE decided to disable comments on all of their videos when they read someone's comment that said "this pig even looks like a pig", which was left up for a few months. You can't expect everyone to be classy on there...

       

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    iamtheky (profile), Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:51pm

    Assuming the urban dictionary definition of FUD makes the overuse of the acronym slightly more tolerable.

     

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    PRMan, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 3:52pm

    Idea

    Can we get people to stand under the propaganda signs in NYC and hand out copies of Sita Sings the Blues on DVD? It would be a lot of fun to do that for a day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:29pm

    Considering the pro-copyright defenders around here are always arguing that copying like this is bad when you could "just create your own," will they now say that ICE should have created its own propaganda videos as well?

    Perhaps you would be so kind as to point to posts where "pro-copyright defenders" have argured that copying (or any of the other rights accorded pursuant to Title 17) with the assent of a copyright holder is bad.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:30pm

    Considering the pro-copyright defenders around here are always arguing that copying like this is bad when you could "just create your own," will they now say that ICE should have created its own propaganda videos as well?

    Perhaps you would be so kind as to point to posts where "pro-copyright defenders" have argured that copying (or any of the other rights accorded pursuant to Title 17) with the assent of a copyright holder is bad.

     

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      Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:38pm

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      Perhaps you be so kind to explain why people should have to ask for permission or assent from anybody to share anything?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:58pm

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        Perhaps you would be so kind as to let the author of the quote answer for himself since, after all, the comment was directed to him.

         

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          Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 5:07pm

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          Perhaps you be so kind and answer the question directed at you, while you await your answer from the person you directed your question to, since after all my query was not an answer to your original question and I possess no powers that would inhibit such action if he so chooses to do so.

          LoL

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 5:13pm

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        Hmm, maybe I should go online and get into your bank account. I've decided I don't need to ask permission for you to share your money with me.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 5:39pm

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          If you would be so kind as to not have a false dichotomy, we could continue the conversation.

           

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          RD, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:03pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          "Hmm, maybe I should go online and get into your bank account. I've decided I don't need to ask permission for you to share your money with me."

          Yeah, because money is exactly like file sharing and infringement.

          Is it any wonder no progress can be made on this topic with complete idiots arguing their side like this? They actually believe the shit they are shoveling. It would be amazing if it wasnt so pathetically sad.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:17pm

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            Apparently the analogy works well, as you were forced to resort to ad hominem rather than disprove the analogy with facts.

             

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              Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:26pm

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              What facts?

              That copyright is absurd?

              Did you paid your house creator for sharing your house with your family and friends already?

              Did you paid your car creator for the use of that car in different cities?

              Did you paid your furniture manufacture for every instance that furniture was used?

              Nope, so why should anybody pay you for equally absurd claims by idiots like you?

               

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              Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:38pm

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              Real theft is getting paid and then forcing others to paid it again for what they have already paid once.

              The real thieves are people like you, that try to impose a set of ridiculous rules that are unenforceable onto others that don't want it.

               

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          Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:22pm

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          Sure, after you paid the people who build your house, car and furniture what you own them.

           

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          Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:47pm

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          Can you get inside my bank account and duplicate the money in there so both of us have the same amount of it in the end?

          Yep I have no problems with you sharing my bank account in that manner.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 7:33pm

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          I have some nice digital money for you. For free! Where do you want me to email this digital money to? It's just a copy, not any of the originals.

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 6:43pm

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        I am confident this is a question your parents answered during your formative years.

         

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          Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 8:09pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          No they didn't, but that is not the point.
          I want to know if you parents taught you anything useful.
          Did or did they not?

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 8:26pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Mine did, as certainly yours did as well.

            The fact the question was not answered by them is a bit troubling, however. Perhaps now is as good a time as any to ask them.

             

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              Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 9:42pm

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              Only if you teach me how to communicate with the dead.

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 9:53pm

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                Sadly, all of us will eventually face the reality of our mortality and that of the ones closest to us. My sympathies that you apparently experienced this much earlier than most.

                 

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      vivaelamor (profile), Apr 8th, 2011 @ 1:56am

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      'Perhaps you would be so kind as to point to posts where "pro-copyright defenders" have argured that copying (or any of the other rights accorded pursuant to Title 17) with the assent of a copyright holder is bad.'

      Perhaps if you all would be kind enough to give names then we'd be able to find them easier.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 8th, 2011 @ 8:17am

        Re: Re:

        The author here made this claim, so I am asking him for instances that underlie the basis for his claim.

        To my knowledge no one has ever made such a claim, so it seems only appropriate that he back it up with at least some modicum of data.

         

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          vivaelamor (profile), Apr 8th, 2011 @ 3:19pm

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          "To my knowledge no one has ever made such a claim, so it seems only appropriate that he back it up with at least some modicum of data."

          Re-reading what he said, I can see your point. Still, plenty of pro-copyright people have said way crazier stuff so I wouldn't be surprised if he was referring to an actual opinion. You can pretty much pick any Darryl post and interpret it to mean anything.

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:32pm

    Not sure why the double post. Sent only once, but, then again, just installed IE9, which has changed the interface in many locations.

     

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    Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:34pm

     

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    Nicedoggy, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 4:47pm

    Forgot the other part:

    Pursuant to human history and traditions.

     

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    Dohn Joe, Apr 7th, 2011 @ 9:19pm

    Enough Flogging this Dead Horse

    I see your point in the article Mike, but really? A deceiving heading just to beat this dead horse a little more? Techdirt readers deserve better than that!

     

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    Ed C., Apr 7th, 2011 @ 9:56pm

    Flagged it

    Thanks for pointing out the video. I flagged it as "spam". ;)

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Apr 8th, 2011 @ 7:11am

    Nicedoggy?

    Anyone else notice that the user Nicedoggy has 5 or so different snowflakes here?
    The interesting part is that as far as I can tell it actually was one person doing all the posting. The argument never flip flops coming from just Nicedoggy.

     

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    RobShaver, Apr 8th, 2011 @ 11:04am

    Flag it

    I just flagged it as misleading. Wonder if I'll get any flak?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 8th, 2011 @ 11:06am

    So instead of directly giving money over to the **AA et al, the government will simply pay its expenses for them by funding their activities. Sounds like a subsidy to me.

     

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