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Loser Charlatan [10:39 pm]
On the other hand, he *is* asking for it — leaning into the punch, as it were: “Psychic” Uri Geller sued after trying to remove critical YouTube clip
YouTube replied by suspending the relevant account.
There was one problem: Geller doesn’t seem to own the video. It’s nearly 14 minutes long, and Geller’s company apparently can claim copyright in only three seconds of it, a brief excerpt that would likely be permitted by U.S. fair use laws.
That leads to a second problem. The DMCA requires anyone sending a takedown notice to state “under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
If it was in fact only a three-second excerpt, Geller is facing potential legal liability. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is taking advantage of this possible vulnerability — and seizing a chance to make it a public lesson — by filing a lawsuit in federal court in northern California on behalf of Brian Sapient. (That’s the nom de plume of the fellow whose YouTube account was suspended.) The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, asks for an injunction against Geller, damages, and attorneys fees.
The EFF press release: Spoon-Bending ‘Paranormalist’ Illegally Twists Copyright Law