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What Happened To Free Speech?? Sony Just Pulled This Taylor Swift Parody From YouTube! Find Out Why HERE!

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Music video parodies way predate YouTube, but ever since the site's inception anyone and everyone has gotten on the bandwagon!

[ Video: Baby, It's Cold Outside Gets A Feminist-Approved Version & It's Hilarious! Watch HERE! ]

Shane Dawson is one of the best, with over SIX MILLION subscribers to his channel!

And for his parody of Taylor Swift's Blank Space, he really went all out with a crazy, over-the-top, NSFW stalker version of the song!

Unfortunately now when you try to see the video, all you see is a message from Sony saying:

"This video contains content from Sony ATV Publishing, who has blocked it on copyright grounds."

But the thing is, even if what you're singing over is copyrighted, parody is protected by law. So what makes this parody different from all the rest?

[ Video: These Moms Parody Taylor Swift's Blank Space Because A Momma Needs Her Coffee! ]

Shane doesn't think it has anything to do with copyright.

He thinks it's because Sony hates it! Ch-ch-check out his (also NSFW) response (below)!

Shane's video is pretty darn gross and violent, but protecting free speech is about protecting ALL of it — violent stalker parodies, assassination comedies, everything!

For now, you can see the entire video HERE. But we're guessing not for long!

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57 comments to “What Happened To Free Speech?? Sony Just Pulled This Taylor Swift Parody From YouTube! Find Out Why HERE!”

  1. James says – reply to this


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    I believe that removing this video was the right thing to do. To display two women being assaulted by a man in a 'comedy video' is, ultimately, promoting violence against women which is never a laughing matter.
    The parody may not breach copy-write laws but the original song is not Shane's property, it is Sony's/Swift's who are allowed to control how that song is used. If her and Sony determined this parody to be an inappropriate use of her track (completely understandable) Shane should accept that and move on. Shane didn't write the original track and therefore cannot be upset that Sony is restricting his use of it.

  2. kat says – reply to this


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    Oh the irony! God that I love you!
    Thank you Lord to let these things happen at this very time. right in the correct timing, that way, everyone can not deny the evidence of the facts!
    Sony introduces its very questionable movie, according to their 'right to freedom of expression' to the risk of a worldwide conflict…
    Then, the first thing those Sony people do after - have pull back, -stay silent,- advanced their provocative movie, it's to make themselves the very free speach right's enemies !
    So disgusting!

  3. Megan says – reply to this


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    Whatever happened to freedom of speech?! Sony deserved their hack. Why should they not be harassed into taking away their freedoms if they do it to others. Shameful!

  4. George says – reply to this


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    Re: James – but it wasn't her track, it was a parody made about her track. Are you against the entire bill of right or just the first one. Artistic expression and the first amendment is a core value in a democracy. Maybe if I was kim Jong un I could u der stand ur perspective.

  5. Kyoumi says – reply to this


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    Re: James – To be honest, very few would say it's 'promoting violence against women' instead its more of a satire to make fun of obsessive fans. I don't believe the main focus was gender for one can easily replace shane with a women and the two girls with men. I understand if you are to comment on violence in general but to specify gender violence doesn't appear to be correct. I'm sorry if I offend you however, for I respect everyone's opinions, I just don't see the need to stir up anger due to overreaction to such things as the internet enjoys to do. Hopefully there's no misunderstanding that causes more conflict since it difficult to get the idea across with just words.

  6. James says – reply to this


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    Re: George

    Yes its a parody,but parody's don't exist without the original version. As the song is Swift's I do believe she has some right to control its use. It's not like all Swift parodies have been deleted off YouTube, but it was clearly perceived by her or her management that this video was a bridge too far.

    This is just my opinion, but Shane's video is not just poking some innocent fun at Blank Space, nor is the video some sort of artistic genius. Shane is just killing a series of people because he's an 'obsessed fan.' Although I wouldn't have a issue with this plot normally, the extensive violent bashing of women is, in my view, the problem with this video. As such, I don't see Swift's request to remove Shane's video as unfair or undermining free speech. Again the parody wouldn't exist if it were not for Swift creating the song initially and therefore she has some right to control its use, parody or otherwise.

  7. James says – reply to this


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    I would just like to add that although I'm not a fan of this particular video by Shane, I am simply arguing that Swift does have a right to remove the video considering its content, as she has chosen to do.

  8. Mattv says – reply to this


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    In a world benign to violence, this video is disturbing in its racist undertones and violence and stalking of women. Someone needs to get him help. His desperation for fame should concern his parents and friends.

  9. alicia says – reply to this


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    the comment saying this displayed as "two women being assault by a man in a 'comedy video' is. ultimately. promoting assault against women which is never a laughing matter." just wow. always have to pin point something wrong of a video that it is promoting. so the movies with the women dying first, or all women being killed by a man (which is fiction) all for women abuse? I am a woman myself, and I've been watching Shane Dawson since I was a kid, and Shane would never intentionally do that. by all, you just want to pin point that out and start a whole new article about Shane. wowwwwwwwwwww. people just gotta complain about EVERYTHING and find SOME UNINTENTIONAL FLAW TO IT. just stop. really, he video should be brought back up. IT IS A PARODY. A PARODY. A FREAKING PARODY. honey, take a seat. SONY take a seat. EVERYONE TAKE A SEAT. smh….

  10. Lauren says – reply to this


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    totally agree with the comment from Alicia. she has a great point.

  11. Lauren says – reply to this


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    totally agreeing with Alicia's comment. i support shane too and people just want to have something to moan about. sony deserves their hack.

  12. Dave21 says – reply to this


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    Re: KyoumiRe: James – Freedom of speech? This isn't a freedom of speech issue! Youtube is owned by Google. They can take down anything they want. This guy wants freedom of speech? Let him create his own website. Then he can put up any piece of garbage he wants. As far as copyright? Sony and Taylor own the music, the TUNE He has no "rights." This guy is a total numb nuts, his "parody" is sick. Moron.

  13. Someone says – reply to this


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    Re: Dave21
    Shane is not a moron! If you would watch his other videos, you would understand.

  14. JC says – reply to this


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    Re: James – Spare us the pseudo-feminism. How can you be against violence when the original video was somewhat violent?

  15. Dollymadison says – reply to this


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    Re: Lauren – Of course the video is abusive towards women. The beating and murder of his girlfriend is sick, goes way beyond what was necessary . Violence against women–one out of three women worldwide will be physically abused at some point in their lives. The United Nation has an organization to try and stop the abuse against women. How often do you think women murder men?
    His stalker "joking" is sick, too, especially since it depicts a guy stalking a real celebrity who does happen to need bodyguards.
    Screw Shane, his video and his whiny, expletive loaded complaint. Like someone else says–Taylor and her label have a copyright on the music. His "parody" isn't funny, it's sick, and they have a right to have his nasty video removed. Other parodies aren't sick like his nasty piece of work. Taylor's video doesn't show her killing anyone, either.

  16. Dave21 says – reply to this


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    Re: SomeoneRe: Someone – and also to JC. Shane is a moron for doing this sick video, and he's a moron for whining that it was removed. He's a moron for claiming freedom of speech. He's so clueless. He has no "right" to put up anything he wants on Youtube. And if the record company owns the copyright to the music, he doesn't have any "right" to use it if they object. They found his video objectionable, just as I'm sure a lot of people would if they saw the video.
    And for clueless JC–no one in Blank Pace is murdered. The "violence" shown is against inanimate objects. It's assumed there may have been something in the apple, but the guy leaves, uninjured. Beating a woman to death, stabbing and murdering a bodyguard, and stalking and terrorizing a real, publicly recognized celebrity–too bad, Randy. Grow up. or get a psychiatrist if you think your piece of garbage is of any value.

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    Re: Dave21
    Oh my god, it's just a parody.

  18. dodgyend says – reply to this


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    I am not getting its just a parody comments…..

    Its still sick video which is gloryfying violence and stalking. Can you blame Sony, Taylor etc. not wanting any part in this? Youtube has the right to control what they want on their site.

    Can you imagine how traumatic it would be for kids searching for taylor swift on youtube and seeing this crap?

    Also its putting ideas in stalkers ideas…. Stalkers that Taylor says she has in hundreds. Can you imagine how scary that is?

    Lets look at the big picture here…. Shane crossed the line here and he knows it.

  19. Steph says – reply to this


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    It's just a parody !!!!! If it's a copyrighten issue all parodies need to be removed from YouTube ! People make parodies to make fun of the original song. I as a woman I don't think the video was promoting violence against woman or an artist it's comedy. If that's not ok people shouldn't be killed or tortured in movies as well … It's a load of bull.

  20. James says – reply to this


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    Re: alicia

    Just like to say that I'm sure Shane didn't 'intentionally' want to promote violence towards women, but at the end of the day the video's graphic attack on two women, in what is described as a 'comedy' video is (intentionally or not) promoting violence against women, as the clips categorisation means we 'should' be laughing at what is occurring in the video. If the video was trying to be a PSA then it wouldn't be a promotion of violence but shaming it.

    Re: dodgyend

    I agree with you on this. It's not 'just a parody'. Although parodies can take many forms none of them should promote violence against a women. Reiterating my initial point, it is this graphic attack on females that, I believe, Swift has grounds to remove the video considering the song is originally hers and that she is portrayed in the video as being a murder victim.

  21. Elisha says – reply to this


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    Re: James – there are 100s of Parodies of Taylor's videos out their and none of them get removed so them CLAIMING it was copy right infringement as an excuse makes this worth fighting for. because guess what when it hits that point this isn't just about his video its about artists and thinkers being stifled by misused "copy rights" parodies are protected by law they are considered exempt from it because it someone claiming they made the original more of a critic of the original. they are basically saying this isn't our way of thinking…so no one is allowed to think this way.

  22. sierra says – reply to this


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    Re: James – James she does not. It is not her legal right in this matter to do such a thing. I am not sure why you keep stating such falsities, just because you perceive them to be true. Shane created a parody and it is not up to the public or the original content creator to decide what he does with it. He didn't do anything illegal, and they should not have any say in the matter. It is his right to have freedom of speech, and you are wrong suggesting that anyone should have the ability to change that. Sony have just proven themselves to be hypocrites in this situation, and you should not be supporting them just because it fits your agenda or you find something distasteful.

  23. vera27 says – reply to this


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    I think people just need to calm down. His video isn't promoting violence more or less than horror-comedies like "scary movie" do. And at the end of the day you need to look at it, for what it is, a parody. Made for entertainment and enjoyment, it's not to be taken literaly or 100% seriously for that matter. Sony, of all companies, should respect freedom of speech and opinion *cough* the Interview *cough*

  24. Dannielle says – reply to this


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    Re: sierra

    Fair point, but the video may breach the fair use doctrine. It is pretty extreme and I wouldn't be surprised if a court thought the video went too far and was therefore in breach of copywrite.

  25. Blaine says – reply to this


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    Re: James – by this logic, EVERY single slasher movie should get banned then, yes? and what about equality? if we can't show any violence against women, why men? so by your logic, ban EVERY SINGLE VIDEO that contains ANY FORM of harm towards women AND men. have fun living in your fort made out of pillows and marshmallows.

  26. TBL says – reply to this


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    To all of you saying it's promoting violence against women it's just a parody. Shane Dawson has a lot of fans that are girls that wants his Taylor swift parody to be seen again on YouTube.

  27. JC says – reply to this


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    Re: Dave21
    "And for clueless JC–no one in Blank Pace is murdered. The "violence" shown is against inanimate objects."
    Oh, dear. More pretentious drivel. So since no one is "murdered," it doesn't count as violence? Thank you, our resident intellectual, for clearing that up for us. Regardless of how tame the violence is compared to the parody video, which I'm assuming you do understand the nature of parodies, it still is depicting a deranged woman, which sends out the message that women today are unstable when it comes to relationships with men. I'm pretty sure much of the stuff you hypocritically watch in movies and see in video games are much more violent toward women than the violence that you're so pretending to be against in this video.

  28. X says – reply to this


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    Re: James
    What about Lady Gaga's early videos, where she was constantly killing men? It's only wrong when women are the victim? Violence is violence regardless of the gender who is being violated. So if you're going to take a stand against violence in music videos (or parodies of music videos), go against the whole lot rather than choosing sides. Or go watch the Disney Channel. I hear their videos are pretty safe.

  29. Brandee says – reply to this


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    Re: James – I'm a woman and I saw the video it's funny actually we all know its a joke and Shane didn't steal anything if u listen to the parodys music and Taylor song they sound different and Bart Baker (another you tuber who made a parody) made the same song but made fun of Taylor horrible bad (he always makes fun of her) so there is something wrong with Song and they are just not coming out and saying why! It's probably because it show Taylor getting stab and Shane using her skin as clothes but hey it's still pretty funny!

  30. Brandee says – reply to this


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    Re: James – okay well what about Bart Baker his version shows her getting exorcist by pope Frances and shows her turning into the devil. So how come Sony never took that one down!

  31. Brandee says – reply to this


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    Re: dodgyend – I assume u don't like Hannible Lector. Also I'm sorry but today people like blood and gore it's true go on tumblr and type in Jeffrey Dahmer it's the new thing being crazy

  32. DaveYou'reATool says – reply to this


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    Re: Dave21 – "No one was murdered." Right. Let's encourage girls to go into jealous fits of rage and destroy their men's property, as long as no one is hurt. You and James sound meant together. Perhaps you two should get together and have retarded babies.

  33. Benimation says – reply to this


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    I'm having double feelings about that re-upload.. Technically, that's real copyright infringement. But it's the only way we can see it right now..

    About the blocking, I think it's because Sony thinks he used the original music in his video. Like, the the instrumental version. You're allowed to make a parody, as long as you don't use the original music and instead make the background music yourself.

    This happened to a parody on Lady Gaga's "Telephone", by Barely Political (The Key of Awesome). They later re-uploaded the exact same video, except with their own instrumental in the background.

    The difference here is that it was not the actual instrumental, but it sounded really close. Still, that's completely legal. Sony might just be mistaken, or, they might lie they were mistaken to get around this issue.

    Also, do note that YouTube's ContentID system is completely automatic. Sony might not even have seen anything of it.

  34. Austin says – reply to this


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    What kind of freedom of speech are we talking about? Blank Space is Taylor Swift's and Sony's property, not this guy's. I personally think this whole concept about "freedom of speech" is being really misused. The song and video is copyrighted, that means if someone shows off a parody of that music video, he or she is taking the risk of getting banned! Who the hell does this guy thinks he is?? And now he is pretenting to receive some kind of apologize from Sony?? I mean, what the fuck is wrong with the world?? If Sony thinks other parodies are violent, aggressive or that are attacking someone else (Bart Baker), it has all the rights to ban it! Because those videos and music are of its property god dammit. Shane Dawson isn't funny or talented whatsoever. He's annoying as hell, even though I've checked some other of his parodies and I have to say they are pretty funny and not insulting to anybody. But "Blank Space" parody is not the same case.
    I hope he accepts the fact that his parody was just to gross to be posted up on YouTube, and I hope he understands that he can't just take something from someone's property and make it its own. #FuckShaneDawson #BanShaneDawson

  35. *** says – reply to this


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    Re: James – Quick! Name the last time some of you all protested a movie, film, song, TV show, etc that promoted violence against women. I can understand some of the legal arguments that are being made about copyrights or whatever, but let's not some of you act like you all are worried about how women are being promoted, and then you turn around and watch shows like American Horror Story every fucking week. My guess is, some of you are just Stanning for Taylor. If she came out and said she loved the video, we wouldn't have heard a peep from you.

  36. blizz says – reply to this


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    Shane is not the only one who made a blank space parody. Most of them are crazy like Shane's, but how come only his got pulled down. He's known for being controversial and every one should not be surprised.I support Shane Dawson.

  37. Marie says – reply to this


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    This video was totally vile and disgusting! I think Swifties should boycott Shane Dawson. He took something that was such an empowering song for Taylor, and turned it in to something full of hate. Gross.

  38. Rebecca says – reply to this


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    This video was disgusting and crossed the line!!! It should have been removed on the grounds of its violent nature. If this were a video based on the gruesome murder of Perez' son for "entertainment", I guarantee there's no way he'd be posting about it….

  39. Emily says – reply to this


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    Parodies are protected by law under some circumstances, but it's a little more complicated than that. Weird Al actually clears pretty much all of his songs with the songwriters/labels/artists before covering them, because he is creating parodies for financial game. Shane Dawson's channel is for financial gain as well, and he should consider taking a similar route that Weird Al does in the future in order to avoid situations like this in the future. Obviously Sony ATV has a huge legal leg to stand on if YouTube was able to remove the video.

  40. Elle says – reply to this


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    The fact that Perez is supporting this BLOWS MY MIND! I watched this video and was instantly disturbed: he kills his girlfriend, becomes a psycho stalker, kills a security guard and then kills another female. Is this guy really confused about why this video was taken down???????? Why would anyone want their work of art distorted in such a nasty way? Further more, why would YouTube allow this kind of violence? I'm glad it was removed.

  41. Kent says – reply to this


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    I'm a dude and I thiught this video was so weird I stopped watching. I can see why Sony had it taken it down and why YouTube followed through with it. Weirdo. And I think this guy needed a few more F-Bombs in his response video.

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    Re: James
    This is not promoting violence against women. Me, as a woman, do not think so and I actually thought this video was pretty funny.

  43. Jackson says – reply to this


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    This video is really disturbing. The violent, degrading nature of the content is absolutely grounds for removal from YouTube. I'd like to see Taylor's fans stand up and boycott Shawn Dawson. He needs to stop making this about free speech and move on.

  44. Erika Soriano says – reply to this


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    Re: kat – The thing is, Sony DOESN'T have right to the music (I believe) because Taylor nor her managers aren't with Sony. So really, IDK why Sony has taken it down. Plus, it's a PARODY. There's a billion of them on YouTube, yet HIS is taken down??? That's not right. I have no idea why Sony took it down but I hope this gets resolved.

  45. olga says – reply to this


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    Fight it! Free speech!I find these arbitrary decisions by youtube super unfair.

  46. Sigh says – reply to this


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    To the people talking about the violence.
    ITS A PARODY.
    ITS CALLED A JOKE, A FUNNY VIDEO.
    There are videos on youtube of people beating eachother up in public, Showing ACTUAL acts of VIOLENCE. But someone posts a parody and its really bad all of a sudden?
    Really?

  47. CK says – reply to this


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    A friend of mine got his YouTube parody video banned from Madonna simply because he used one word that may or have not been the title for her upcoming album. Seems like it's the new thing.

  48. CK says – reply to this


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    PS. Please stop saying people are getting murdered. No one got murdered. It's ACTING!

  49. Kitty says – reply to this


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    Personally, I wouldn't want anyone making a parody of me getting my face bashed in so violently and have people think it's funny. It's highly disturbing and Taylor has the right to want it taken down.

  50. Glitzee says – reply to this


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    To all of the people whining it about being violent and "promotes violence against women", you're idiotic. You do not happen to realize that the parody was inspired by American Horror Story, which also happens to be a violent and "sick" show.

  51. M says – reply to this


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    Relax, freedom of speech was meant to protect you from the government. The government did not take it down. Sony/youtube whoever reserve every right to delete whatever they want from their websites. Freedom of Speech does not protect you from the way people react. His rights have not been violated here. He's more than welcome to post the video elsewhere.

  52. John says – reply to this


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    I completely agree with that video being taken down. Taylor should press charges against you or get a restraining order. Just because someone is a public figure doesn't mean you should be able to use their image in such away especially acting out killing them in a video. It wasn't funny. It was violent, disgusting, and frightening. This isn't about first amendment rights at all. Perez, I am shocked you support this guy displaying such antics against your precious TayTay.

    Shane, get some counseling, buddy. You have some major issues.

  53. jessi says – reply to this


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    I believe the last straw was the fact that sony doesn't want to give the actual reason for the removal of the video. This isn't a copyright issue, it's not. This is restricting his freedom of expression. Yes there was violence particularly domestic violence that most are getting worked up about. But the thing that people forget to take notice of is the fact this is a work of fiction, satire so to speak. For those who done know what satire is, ( a novel, play, entertainment, etc, in which topical issues, folly, or evil are held up to scorn by means of ridicule and irony). Was the video suppose to be taken seriously no. There is no underlying message or theme. Removing the video basically a slap in the face not only to Shane but also everyone that worked hard put together said video. And for sony to say that the video was removed for copyright issues just means that they themselves can't stand up and say what they feel should be said. If they felt so strongly against the content of the video then why would they try and hide the fact they felt the way that they do?

  54. name says – reply to this


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    Free speech DOES NOT mean you can say anything the hell you want! Why don't people get that? That's why so many people have been stopped… including this sicko! If he wants to make gore, then get off youtube and so make trashy movies instead of trashy videos!

  55. cindi says – reply to this


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    So Taylor Swift can sing about being a crazy sycophants girlfriend make a video that makes her look a stalker chic and where all okay with that sure this video is crazy but really it's no more crazy then half the stuff our kids already see on tv everyday he has the right of freedom of speech and if people don't like what he has to say then don't watch it it's that simple

  56. Steven says – reply to this


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    Let's be clear here, this is not on Sony it's on Google/YouTube.

    Google is not a government Agency; they can allow/deny any content they want; it's their prerogative. That being said, they apparently care more about their relationship with Sony than with standing up for people's free speech.

    Google could easily deny the block request from Sony on the grounds that there is nothing illegal going on (Criticism/Parody is clearly protected under U.S. Copyright Law, see copyright.gov for details) but they have incentive to side with the Label because frankly Sony represents more potential income for Google than Shane does.

    I'm disappointed with Sony for being so touchy/sensitive about a parody but I'm more disappointed at Google and YouTube for going along with it when they really don't have to. Of course Google could easily find other reasons to remove the video; comical as it may be the head destroying scene is pretty NSFW. C'est la Vie.

  57. WhyIsEveryoneStupid says – reply to this


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    As originally found in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., later codified as 17 U.S.C. § 107 (the Fair Use Doctrine), the ruling specifically states that a derivative work that is used for critique or comment falls under fair use and is exempt from copyright law. It doesn't matter if you disagree, or if you find the video disgusting, as far as copyright law is concerned there is nothing illegal.