by Mike Masnick
Mon, Apr 11th 2011 8:20am
You may have heard all of the hubbub about GoDaddy's CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant and putting the video online. Honestly, given the timing (right before April 1st), I had wondered if the whole thing wasn't an April Fools joke. Parsons is known for crazy media stunts -- the more controversial the better -- so I didn't pay that much attention to the whole thing. But now it's getting into areas that we regularly discuss around here: copyright infringement. The video is being reproduced and shown in a bunch of places... and apparently Parsons is threatening people with copyright infringement claims. He's hired BayTSP, one of the companies known for tracking infringement online and sending out legal nastygrams on behalf of clients. The thing is, in most of these cases, people reposting the video almost certainly have a strong fair use claim to using the video for commentary purposes, and the video itself is newsworthy. Part of me actually wonders if these copyright claims are just Parsons trying to stretch the longevity of the controversy a bit more.
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