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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

CTF censored by YouTube?

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is claiming that shortly after the group posted a video to YouTube exposing how the Canadian government paid an American artist to create a giant red ball for a Toronto arts festival, their entire YouTube channel was hit with a copyright violation from Business News Network and forced to shut down. Coincidence? Maybe.

While the YouTube channel is back online, I have taken the liberty of creating a backup of the video to help ensure it is not censored again:

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Posted by Jesse Kline on June 23, 2009 in Freedom of expression | Permalink

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Nice work, Jesse.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-06-23 2:39:06 PM


......their entire YouTube channel was hit with a copyright violation from Business News Network and forced to shut down. Coincidence? Maybe.
While the YouTube channel is back online, I have taken the liberty of creating a backup of the video to help ensure it is not censored again:
Posted by Jesse Kline on June 23, 2009

Exercising one's copyright equals censorship?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-23 3:23:42 PM


What argument is BNN making?

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-06-23 3:40:50 PM


Youtube is a corrupt organization ruled by the corrupt individuals. It belongs to Google, who on the anniversary of D-Day chose to commemorate a computer game 'Tetris' and ignored the June 22 start of the WWII entirely.
As with every monopoly, they choose how to apply their policies and to what. While thousands of terrorist videos featuring murder and abuse of explosives remain online, they censor the voices opposing terrorism.
There are alternatives and they should be used instead!

Posted by: Hilltop Boy | 2009-06-23 3:55:56 PM


BNN was claiming copyright violations against some unrelated videos. However, some of those videos were posted six months ago and BNN did not make a claim until this latest video was posted. The CTF's Kevin Gaudet made the connection in this tweet:

"YouTube thwarts free speech! Has removed Taxpayer.com vid of US artist Kurt Perschke getting Canadian taxpayer cash."

Posted by: Jesse Kline | 2009-06-23 4:11:13 PM


Copyright claims on YouTube result in an automatic removal of the allegedly offending video, at which point there is an automatic dispute resolution period by which the claims holder must provide further proof of the infraction, and the account holder of the video in question may respond to the allegation.

The actual removal process is not the result of a manual review by YouTube, contrary to popular belief.

In fact, creationists on YouTube have made a sport out of making false copyright claims against atheist and evolution-related videos in a form of cyber censorship war. The videos are usually re-instated, but the point is that YouTube itself is not the one doing the censoring.

In the United States, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, sites like YouTube are required to have an automated takedown system that gives the benefit of the doubt to the complainant initially. So people shouldn't attack Google on this one. They're just complying with the law.

Posted by: Mike Brock | 2009-06-23 4:17:20 PM


It belongs to Google, who on the anniversary of D-Day chose to commemorate a computer game 'Tetris' and ignored the June 22 start of the WWII entirely.
Posted by: Hilltop Boy | 2009-06-23 3:55:56 PM

D-day was June 6th. WWII is generally recognized to have started on September 1st. I do know what invasion started on June22 but it didn't start WWII. So what the hell are you talking about.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-23 4:54:27 PM


WWII didn't really start until December 7, 1941.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 5:11:56 PM


WWII didn't really start until December 7, 1941.
Posted by: Zebulon Punk | 2009-06-23 5:11:56 PM

Tell that to the families of Canadian servicemen that died from 1939 - 1941. I'm pretty sure they'd tell you to "fuck off you little cunt". I'd add a few more words but the WS would probably delete them. Now fuck off you little cunt.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-23 6:25:02 PM


WWII didn't really start until December 7, 1941.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 5:11:56 PM


Didn't start for "Americans" you mean.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-23 6:28:46 PM


Stig: Was Canada involved in WWII? Your "history" books don't cover that much. Indeed, issues such as the internment of the Japanese received more coverage.

The US was involved in WWII as early as 1940 when the Destroyers for Bases deal went through, the "Cash and Carry policy" and taking defensive measures for North America - remember the US-Canadian Permanent Joint Board on Defense? This is before Lend-Lease and the Atlantic Charter. So, American divisions may not have been fighting the Axis before Pearl Harbor, but they sure were involved.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 6:39:00 PM


Stig: Was Canada involved in WWII?
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 6:39:00 PM

The lady down the street where I live whose son was killed during WWII in the RCN will tell you fuck off you little cocksucker.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-23 8:42:11 PM


BTW Punk. The women is nearly 100 years old and she'd rip off your fro and shove it up your ass.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-23 8:54:11 PM


Hey don't blame me, I only get my history from the movies.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 9:06:37 PM


Thank God for the treachery of the Japanese. If not for Pearl Harbour, the states might have been on the other side.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-23 9:23:28 PM


Oh heavens no! The US was pro-Allied long before Pearl Harbor. The isolationists were anti-war, not pro-Axis.

American war material escorted by American ships kept Britain and its colonies going in the Battle of Britain, North Africa and the Mediterranean throughout 1940-41. Indeed, it was an American-built Catalina patrol plane of the Royal Air Force co-piloted by a US Navy officer that found the Bismarck in May 1941.

What did Canada do? They plodded along as they always do. Only air and naval units saw any action until 1943, 4 years into the war. They weren't pro-Axis, just struggling with their attempts at national identity. I wonder if they knew it never existed.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 9:39:08 PM


Only air and naval units saw any action until 1943, 4 years into the war.
Posted by: Zebulon Punk| 2009-06-23 9:39:08 PM

Complete and utter bullshit. Operation Jubilee better know as the Dieppe raid occurred on the 19 August 1942. Of the 6000 Canadians who took part over 1000 were killed and more than 2000 captured. If pathetic cunts like you are what the Americans are now accepting as immigrants they really are screwed.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-23 10:11:33 PM


American ground units were in action before Dieppe. In early August 1942, the 1st Marine Division landed on Guadalcanal and began fighting the Japanese. The fighting lasted for seven months and cost 7100 American lives. By that time, Canadians had seen just one day of action, a costly day at Dieppe.

Canada may have fought in the war, but America won it alongside the British and Soviets.

I think that Alabama had more to do with the Allied victory in WWII than Canada did.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 10:17:02 PM


I think Stig should have all of his posts pulled until he learns to speak like a human being.
This man is truly offensive.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-23 10:34:10 PM


I think that Alabama had more to do with the Allied victory in WWII than Canada did.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 10:17:02 PM

And you sir are a moron. Canada has a proud history of punching well above its weight.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-23 10:35:24 PM


I've noticed the revisionists are even trying to claim there were black combat units in WW2.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-23 10:37:14 PM


Yeah okay that was a stretch, but Stig deserves to have his chain yanked.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 10:44:49 PM


There were black combat units in WW2 - not from Canada mind you. There weren't enough to justify any.

The US Army had its 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions, as well as the legendary Tuskegee Airmen fighter squadrons. Their combined achievements helped de-segregate the US armed forces in 1948 and spur the Civil Rights Movement (i.e. Medgar Evers was a WW2 vet gunned down by Byron de la Beckwith, another WW2 vet.)

The British had several African divisions that fought in Burma and in Africa.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 10:50:01 PM


I almost forgot the French who had their own units recruited in Senegal and other colonies. Of course, once those units arrived in France itself, the non-white soldiers were removed from the front line to avoid antagonizing the locals. There's a new movie about this called "Indigenes" or "Days of Glory."

Who can forget the participation of African American soldiers in the victory over the Rebellion of 1861-1865! 180,000 served, and 34,000 died to put down the slaveholders. Bless them all.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-23 10:56:16 PM


You think Stig is the only one upset over your remarks? You haven't made many friends with that little episode.

We have people welfare immigrants on one thread, claiming they have more right to call themselves Canadians than I have. Now we have a guy who pretends to be Canadian half the time, and American the other half, calling Canadian veterans slackers. Makes me think I should give up this hobby. Blogging seems to attract cowardly shit disturbers, like Boy Scouts attract pedophiles.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-23 11:26:00 PM


I have no idea who ZP is but his knowledge of recent history is sadly mixed up or lacking,next he will be telling us Canadian troops fought under the Maple Leaf flag in 1944 at Juno beach.

Posted by: Goff Tayler | 2009-06-24 8:49:05 AM


You want to talk about punching above its weight? How about Australia? During WW 2, we had only 7 million people but almost 1 million servicemen. We fought the Germans and Italians in the deserts of North Africa. We contributed to victory in the Battle of Britain. We also successfully fought off a Japanese invasion of Australia(read up on the Kokoda trail) around the time of the Battle of Guadacanal. We even suffered Jap air raids and sub attacks. We helped the Americans push the Japs out of the Solomons and New Guinea. We also threw them out of Borneo. One third of our POWS died in Jap captivity. In New Guinea, some of the Japs even resorted to cannibalism of captured Australians when there supplies ran low. You want some good stories read up on the commandos of the Z special unit(there is even a movie about them with Mel Gibson), the independent companies , the "chocos" of the kokoda trail, and the coast watchers.
Oh yeah, we have since fought the communists in malaysia, korea, and vietnam(40 to 1 kill ratio). We fought off dictators and murderers in Borneo(1964-66),Iraq(1991 SAS involvement), East Timor and Afghanistan. We have a small but high quality force that has no problem taking the fight to the enemy. Americans and Aussies have each others backs! We clobbered the Japs and outfought the Communist(Vietnam not lost on the battle field. In fact, the province where Australians were assigned was secure enough that by 1972 allied forces could move around unarmed in many cases.) Read up on Battle of Long Tan for story of Aussie guts and American and NZ firepower.

Posted by: Jack | 2009-06-25 7:22:05 PM



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