November 29, 2008

Pathetic, Really (not Really, actually)

Category: IP Law,Politics — Biella @ 3:39 pm

So in my first year Human Culture and Communication class we will soon be having a class on disability and communication. I wanted to show a video on eugenics to provide some historical context but I just found out that all decent videos (or ones that I have seen and thought were decent) have been pulled down.
The one I am looking for in particular is a 10 minute video by Liam Dunaway.

I find it beyond despicably pathetic that an educational video, under 10 minutes long, is not available for people to watch. For x’s sake, if one cannot easily circulate this type of video, whose whole purpose is to educate, why even bother make it? These are times when I find copyright completely totally, fully, and also absolutely ludicrous. If you are going to make a 10 minute video on a political/educational subject like Eugenics, and you don’t consider freeing it up, then there is something really contradictory driving your creative desires.

update: I wrote the filmmaker and got the word that someone had uploaded the video on their account and inappropriately connected himself to the video and so the film maker has uploaded the same video here


  1. Via google video search:


    Comment by Clinton Roy — November 29, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  2. Thanks for pointing me to the australia youtube, which did not come up with any of my searches. I had downloaded a copy as I do with most videos but I still think on principle it should not have been taken down from google video and youtube. I wrote the film maker so either he/she will have a reasonable explanation or proceed to get the video pulled down from au youtube as well.

    Comment by Biella — November 29, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

  3. Looks like it is on too:

    Comment by foo — November 29, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

  4. According to the review on the archive, which I had looked at:

    “Unforntuately the download offers only audio. The video that is floating around is really compressed and full of artifacts, it is a shame that there is no video on the .mov download.

    Aside from that, you can find this movie floating around Youtube. It is a well-built little documentary.”

    Comment by Biella — November 29, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

  5. I trust you have it; I replaced the link at What Sorts within a few hours of your noticing that the link was broken and/or failing to find it on the web. –raw

    Comment by Rob Wilson — November 30, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  6. I hope you also share the dangers of politically driven science by relating Eugenics to the current global warning panic.

    Comment by RickH — December 1, 2008 @ 5:57 am

  7. So was this a credit/attribution problem that got solved through a *takedown*? Yikes.

    Comment by Karl Fogel — December 1, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

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