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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    PatrickDickey (profile), 24 Jul 2011 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    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.

    So sorry, but I am not wrong. What did posting to a US audience do, exactly? Was it what was on your specific blog that did it, or Nina's endless media spewing that got it attention in the right country, exactly as I suggested she should do?


    This is the portion of your dribble that I wanted to comment on. Posting to an American Audience probably got the New York Times interested, which consequently posted it to an even larger audience (worldwide). It would be a safe assumption that someone in the German Government monitors news agencies for articles relating back to Germany. They may have seen this, and forwarded it onto the proper authorities in Germany, who realized that they screwed up.

    Probably didn't happen. But, it may have. While it seems unlikely that any of this happened, YOU cannot prove that it didn't happen this way.

    Have a great day:)
    Patrick.

    P.S. On the rant about anonymity, you're not anonymous. Not because he called you out, but because you never change your style. If I wanted to (and I really don't), I could go through other sites that you post to, and find your comments. I'd probably be about 90% to 95% accurate. And if you've ever posted with your real name, I'd be able to find that as well. It has nothing to do with him calling you out. It has everything to do with you writing in the exact same style every time (and probably saying the same things every time).

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