It’s a pretty good bet that you’re reading this blog over the Internet. If not, then you’re using witchcraft. Doesn’t matter: if you’ve spent any time either online or engaging in congress with the Beast, you’ve surely come along the parody videos made using clips from the movie “Downfall.” Internet funnymen replace the subtitles during key scenes to make it seem like Hitler lost his NCAA bracket, or had his car stolen, or gets banned from X-Box Live.
Well, the film company that made Downfall has demanded that Youtube take down the videos. And Youtube agreed, cleaning out piles of them. Even the one or two of them that were actually funny.
What did this accomplish? Well, really nothing. First, it’s not like it will stop people from making the videos. In fact, it’s already prompted people to make videos about the takedown…using Downfall.
I’m not even sure what the hope was. Sure, a copyright holder should get paid for their creative work – as a guy who makes his living (or at least, hopes to) off of his ideas, that hits pretty close to home for me. I doubt that those parodies cost the film company any money – no one has skipped out on watching Downfall because they already saw a clip of the Fuhrer whining cause he can’t play Resident Evil 5.
You’re not going to stop the Downfall meme, no matter how played out the idea has become. There’s a saying where I come from: Get used to it, Hitler.