Thursday, April 22, 2010

"I thought that we could have nice things on the internet..." - The downfall of the Hitler 'Downfall' meme.

This, truly, sucks. Further evidence of the ignorance and obstinacy of corporations to understand the changing business models. They shall go the way of the horse & buggy, not understanding why they're dying the whole while.

First They Came For Hitler... - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine:
"The thousand-year reich of Downfall parodies has ended in ruins. Constantin Films, the German producer of the 2004 film Der Untergang, has compelled YouTube to start taking down the popular Hitler-rants-about-funny-thing-X clips.

If you're unfamiliar with these parodies, first, welcome back from the Russian front. Der Untergang (known to Americans -- and in fact widely known to Americans, solely thanks to the parodies -- as Downfall), features a scene in which a bunker-trapped Hitler harangues his inner circle (in German) as the Russians close in on Berlin. A few years ago, some inspired genius put on new subtitles in which the Fuhrer ranted about getting banned from Xbox Live rather than about the 11th-hour desertion of his generals."

And for when YouTube pussies out and pulls the clip above as well, here's another that explains why it should never happen in the first place.

Hitler, as "Downfall producer" orders a DMCA takedown from Brad Templeton on Vimeo

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