Hitler orders a DMCA takedown in YouTube

Written by Herra Honkonen on Saturday, May 30th, 2009


Everybody who’s in a habit of clicking viral video links has probably seen one version or other of a clip of the movie Downfall (Der Untergang), where Hitler raves at his inner circle in the bunker. The idea of the clips is to alter the subtitles so that instead of his army getting their asses kicked Hitler raves about getting banned from Xbox Live or Frostbite metal festival, or whatever. Although in my opinion these videos are a terrible, terrible disservice to everybody who still hasn’t seen the movie, because they spoil the mood of the scene very efficiently, they are pretty hilarious at times.

The Constantin Film Produktion studio apparently doesn’t think so, since one by one these videos have started to disappear, apparently as a result of a DMCA takedown. So, what does a net user concerned with fair use guidelines do? A parody with Hitler ranting about copyright infringements, with YouTube getting a couple of knocks too. Enjoy.

Also, if you still haven’t seen Downfall, do it now.

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