'Hitler reacts to' videos are being pulled from YouTube
It's a sad day for the Internet, as the production company that made the 2004 film Downfall, a.k.a. Der Untergang, about Adolf Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker, has asked YouTube to remove all those ubiquitous "Hitler reacts to" videos. You know the ones we mean.
Constantin Film AG has asked the company to clear out any video in which Bruno Ganz's Hitler is shown reacting in rather animated fashion to news from his officers that World War II is all but lost. Since the audio is in German, and most people Stateside don't speak German (even our four semesters in college don't ruin the fun), the subtitles have been replaced in clips to reflect subjects ranging from the iPad not having a camera to a possible Watchmen sequel to NFL Draft Day.
Constantin head of film production Martin Moszkowicz said complaints about copyright infringement started when the videos popped up after the film's release, TopNews.us reports. He also said they've previously asked certain neo-Nazi satires to be removed already, so what's the big deal? Well, there's the idea that parody is protected by the First Amendment, and fans say these videos are fair use, but guess what? More videos keep popping up as soon as YouTube takes them down (like the one above, predictably about the videos being pulled, which is still hosted on the site for now).