DMCA Abuse: Beyonce stair fall video cited as copyright infringement

YouTube & DMCA

Sites like YouTube are able to make people popular in a few days. Cool videos are dugg and spread around the internet like a virus, and nobodies rise to fame. The list of YouTube Celebrities keeps growing.

But YouTube is also a place where regular celebrities will find their worst performances, their biggest bloopers and things they’d wish they had never said on camera. So how do the stars cope with these little embarrassments? Call the legal guys and cry copyright infringement!

According to Mashable, Beyonce Knowles’ record company Sony/BMG, has cited copyright infringement for the few seconds of grainy footage that showed the singer falling down the stairs on stage at a concert in Orlando.

Now that doesn’t seem fair. There are numerous videos of Beyonce on YouTube, so if this one is copyright infringement, what does that mean for all the other videos? This would just be a form of censorship, allowing celebrities to cover up an embarrassing incident.

YouTube doesn’t even censor/filter violent videos of teenagers fighting or being bullied. I guess it’s okay for people to see teenagers getting beat up, because it’s just part of life (I believe this is YouTube’s stance on that matter), so we should be able to see Beyonce fall from the stairs as well, right?


Ironic Sans: Celebrity Patents

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Ironic Sans dug up some cool patents by celebrities with Google’s Patent Search feature.

Last month, Google introduced its new Patent Search feature (in beta), allowing users to dig through 7 million US patents from 1790 to mid-1996. On-line patent searching has already been possible through the US Patent and Trademark Office website, but Google makes it fast and easy using their already familiar interface.

So, inspired by Google’s new easy-to-use patent search, I decided to dig up some of the celebrity patents that have been issued over the years. The following 18 patents are all by celebrities not usually known for being inventors.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress. Patent #4,753,647 — Infant garment
Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress. Patent #4,753,647 — Infant garment

Great idea and well illustrated by cool drawings like the one above.

Check Ironic Sans for all 18 patents and links to the actual patents to learn more about each one.


Noah K. everyday/celebrity

Remember Noah K.?

His project “Noah K. Everyday” is one of those things that spread like a virus. Everybody loves you when you’re in the spotlight so Noah got his picture taken with celebrities.

Noah K. with Paris Hilton (copyright Noah Kalina)
Noah K. self portait with Paris Hilton

The pics still look the same, but now you have people like David Hasselhoff and Paris Hilton by his side.

Check this Flickr stream for Noah’s everyday/celebrity project. has an article up featuring an interview with Noah K.


Steve Irwin dies after accident with a stringray

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, died in an accident while filming an underwater documentary in the Great Barrier Reef.

It is reported that a stingray barb that went through his chest and into his heart, leaving Steve dead on the scene.

When I first saw Steve on the Discovery Channel I thought this guy had a death wish. He was one of the first people I saw on TV taking on crocodiles, spiders and other animals you wouldn’t want to go near. But Steve seemed to have no problem at all getting up close and personal with these animals. “Crikey! A big spider just crawled over me arm!”.

Even though similar shows sprung up after the Crocodile Hunter’s success, Steve and his shows were one of a kind.