Geller, who’s supposedly able to bend spoons by merely thinking at them, is being sued by the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) on behalf of a YouTube critic, “silenced by Geller’s baseless copyright claims”.
Brian Sapient belongs to the Rational Response Squad, dedicated to debunking what it calls irrational beliefs.
“As part of their mission, Sapient and others post videos to YouTube that they say demonstrate this irrationality,” says the EFF. “One of the videos that Sapient uploaded came from a NOVA program called ‘Secrets of the Psychics,’ which challenges the performance techniques of Geller.
“Despite the fact that only three seconds of the over thirteen-minute video contain footage allegedly under copyright owned by Geller’s corporation Explorogist Ltd. – a classic fair use of the material for criticism purposes – Geller filed a takedown demand with YouTube under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). That violates the DMCA requirement that copyright holders only send takedown notices for infringing content.”
Sapient’s YouTube account was suspended, shutting down his videos were not available for more than two weeks.
Now the EFF is asking for damages and a declaratory judgment that the NOVA video doesn’t infringe Geller’s copyrights, and that he be, “restrained from bringing any further legal action against Sapient in connection to the clip”.
EFF – Spoon-Bending ‘Paranormalist’ Illegally Twists Copyright Law, May 9, 2007
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