Success! Sita Sings the Blues Once Again Viewable on German Youtube

from the better-than-lawyers dept

After one or two (or more?) years of being blocked on German Youtube, the full-length noncommercial Sita Sings the Blues movie is once again viewable in Deutschland:

I assume this is because last week I posted this video, complaining about why my 100% legal and painstakingly and expensively licensed movie was blocked in Germany:

Apparently many Germans are none too pleased with GEMA themselves, as indicated by interesting comments here. Some industry shills weighed in as well, but it looks like popular sentiment is against them. The story was shared widely, including in Der Spiegel and the New York Times online editions.

It's not clear how an American YouTube user is supposed to contest takedowns in Germany. When I was in Berlin recently, it was suggested I find a German lawyer to take some sort of action. At the very least, I would need someone in Germany to contest the takedown on my behalf. I imagine that would have been a slow and possibly expensive process. Then I thought of making this video. Although it took some work (writing a statement -- yes I know it's an imperfect statement, I did the best I could with the knowledge I had -- shooting the video, recording the audio via a separate mic, transferring files, editing, compressing, etc.), it was less work than managing an international legal process. And it got results fast! Better still, it contributed to ongoing debates about GEMA and Intellectual Pooperty in general.

My thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about this, and especially people in Germany who checked the Sita Sings the Blues URL and confirmed when the movie was blocked, and when it was unblocked.

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Filed Under: disputes, germany, nina paley, performance rights, sita sings the blues
Companies: gema, google, youtube


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    Mike Masnick (profile), 19 Jul 2011 @ 11:05am

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    Mike, anonymous is anonymous.

    And you are no less anonymous now than when you posted your original ridiculously stupid and horrendously wrong comment.

    Your anonymous posting isn't really anonymous is it?

    Yes. It is. I have no clue who you are, other than that it's easy to tell you're the same guy who posts the same totally clueless stuff every day. Everyone can tell from the same total lack of logic.

    What indentifying information did you reveal? Only that this post and that post are from the same person

    Hi. Let's try this again. What *identifying* information did we reveal?

    Posting to an American audience had no impact. I was not wrong about it. Posting it only in Germany or only addressing a German audience would have given the same result.

    You can't honestly believe that can you? And you can't honestly believe that saying it means anyone else believes you?

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    If you can't find it, well, that says a lot more about you than me.

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