• Sep 18th 2007 at 8:34AM
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One mysterious home movie maker created a video that Volkswagen didn't like, and the German automaker isn't stopping at having the video pulled from YouTube. The home movie in question puts a Nazi spin on a recent VW Golf commercial, and VW has issued a subpoena in hopes of finding out the identity of the maker of the spoof. YouTube is fighting the subpoena with everything it has in an effort to protect its user base from future attacks, but in the end the courts will decide whether or not VW's copyright was infringed upon. Since YouTube is profiting from these videos, it seems like they're exposed to countless lawsuits, but VW is going after the video's creator.

While this lawsuit is certainly a big deal, the bigger picture is that social networking sites are under attack, even though creators aren't cashing in on their work. We can see why VW is interested in having removed any video that links it to the Nazis (unless it's a documentary), it's hard to imagine the lawyers from Wolfsburg have much legal ground to stand on. Then again, we're not lawyers, and crazier things have happened in a court of law.

[Source: Wired]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps someone should make a funny video about GM the biggest car and vehicle producer for the Nazis... pretty sure many americans would be pissed... and the funny is... it is the true.. GM was the largest truck and car deliverer to Nazi Germany..
      How would US people like, a funny video, about IBM helping NAZI´s to track down jewry in europe and organise the holocaust for the Nazis...
        • 8 Years Ago
        GM was via Opel the largest Truck supplier for the German Wehrmacht. As GM bought Opel in the 1930´s it was Germany´s largest car producer.. under Nazi rueld Germany. The GM/Opel Blitz truck was the most used truck by the German Army befor and through the war...
        GM earned lot of money on both sides during second world war..

        IBM worked together with Nazi government..and till 1941 IBM HQ in the USA had FULL controll over IBM Germany ...

        I am not wrong that are history facts..
        • 8 Years Ago
        besides the fact that you are completly wrong...

        who cares, you and i DO NOT have the right to not be offended, you and i do have the right to say what ever the hell we want. the constitution is extremely clear on that. from what i know, germany's constitution has protected free speach for just about everything except nazi stuff.

        at least they follow their laws, we have way too many easily offended soccer moms and religious poloticians to actually obey our own laws

        besides, i believe this is a copyright issue
        • 8 Years Ago
        GM had no control of operations at Opel during the war, and strictly limited control just prior to it.

        But hey, this is 'teh intarwebs,' what do I know? I only wrote a paper on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They could do a parody of Henry Ford & Adolf Hitler holding hands, while gleefully trolloping through the Poppy Fields. Is it still free speech in the US to use terms like spiks & Nigger?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would it still be within the limits of free speech if someone posted a spoof commercial associating Jeeps or Hummers to My Lai in Vietnam or Abu Ghraib in Irak?
        • 8 Years Ago
        OF course why not?
        • 8 Years Ago
        This guy obviously failed to get us Americans to side with VW by making a parallel for us. The thing is, we don't care if someone says the Jeep is a Vietnam War atrocity machine because this is America, not Socialist Europe. Free speech means free speech, not free speech when not supporting Nazi, Hitler, or other "politically incorrect" topics. It's amazing that Europeans in Germany, France, and Britain can put up with this kind of censorship and tyranny.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Umm... yes. Why wouldn't it be?
        • 8 Years Ago
        it wouldn't make any sense though... because the Jeep wasn't started by Vietnam, nor was the Humvee started by "Irak". In the context of the VW spoof, it would be more accurate to associate the Jeep with Roosevelt, and the Humvee with Carter and Reagan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shall I invoke Godwin's Law? =P

      On another note, Germans are quite sensitive to anything Nazi-related. The parody was not of good taste, nicht wahr?
      • 8 Years Ago
      VW needs to be sure they themselves don't get all 3rd Reich in their quest to find the offender. "Political Correctness" is really fascism in another guise. "You WILL speak and act in the prescribed manner".
      • 8 Years Ago
      "We can see why VW is interested in having removed any video that links it to the Nazis (unless it's a documentary)"

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Chris you f'ing jerk...laughing my butt off over here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Compy386: I haven't seen the parody, but likely YouTube pulled it because it violated some VW trademarks and copyrights.

      The irony is that VW's trying to track down and likely sue the producer has them looking like corporate Nazis
      • 8 Years Ago
      Funny, I grabbed their logo and spun it in After Effects and it looked more like a white Star of David on a blue background to me... Imagine that!
      • 8 Years Ago
      VW is just trying to intimidate here, they probably don't have much chance in court.

      As a side note, the lesson of totalitarian regimes should be that ALL political speech should be protected. In Europe, not just Neo-Nazi speech is banned, but people are beaten and jailed for anything the government doesn't like; the most recent example being an anti-radical Islam march in Belgium.
      • 8 Years Ago

      VW was in effect founded by the leader of Nazis Adolph Hitler.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yeah, he gave us the piece of shit Beetle.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yes, it's true. Hitler did one very good thing before he went batsh*t crazy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ever tried to order replacement trim pieces? They are Nazi's
      • 8 Years Ago
      Horch, Wanderer & DKW

      and of course it's spelt
      Chevrolet, sorry for the typo
        • 8 Years Ago
        AUDI ?
        During World War II the Horch/Auto Union produced the Sd-Kfz 222 armored car, which was used in the German army during the war. It was powered by an 81 hp Horch/Auto Union V8 Engine which had a top speed of 50 miles per hour.

        Another vehicle which was used in World War II to shuttle German military officials safely was known as the Kraftfahrzeug (KFZ 11) or the Horch Type 80. The military used it as a light transport vehicle.
        • 8 Years Ago
        This is interesting.
        The article I read, several years ago, stated that DKW, Horst & Wanderer were Nationalized after Hitler's fall, because they refused to support Hitler's efforts. While M-Benz built the cars, trucks, artilery and planes for Hitler's forces, and BMW handled all of the propaganda, and the dropping of leaflets of anti-Jewish info, that Horst-DKW & Wanderer also did printing, and that was of comic books for German children whose father's were at "war". This conducted on the main & upper floors of their building, and that employees had used a more/less hidden celler, or about 35x25 feet in which they hid 100 Jews, of which (not sure 86 or 94) lived.
        That they dropped food at night along with medicines. Over the entrance were priting press machines for when the SS showed up to inspect. They were allowed NO lights in the basment.
        I have read this in more than 1 book.
        After DKW-Wanderer & Horst were Nationalized and thusly put out of business, the 3 - along with possibly another whse name escapes me right now, banded together to form AUDI, and they are symbolized by Audi(s) 4 circular ring trademark emblem.
        Their lack of backing Hitler & his SS Storm Troopers was the why of why they were Nationalized and taken over and put out of business.
        I do believe this info is available in books or on the web.
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