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Journal Entry: Wed Jan 16, 2013, 6:26 PM
EDIT:  Just so you guys know, it is a possibility that Hasbro didn't know about this take-down and it could have just been an automatic thing that happened on YouTube.  The real people to blame are those who constantly uphold the rather unfair copyright laws in the US which really need to be rewritten to begin with.  You all cal stop acting like idiots and making death threats to Hasbro now.  No I'm serious, cut the crap.  :iconwthplz:

Well apparently Hasbro filed a DMCA claim and had YouTube remove the "Friendship is Witchcraft" parody series by SherclopPones on YouTube.  Now while I have not seen FiW yet, I am very much aware of it's following and it seems a lot of fans liked this series so it's sad that it had to go.  

It really confuses me why Hasbro would do this though.  First of all, it's a parody so wouldn't that fall under fair use?  The series kinda promotes the show itself so Hasbro isn't helping when they threaten to take it down.  And how can they possibly take away FiW yet keep very adult-oriented fan-made media on YouTube like the Cupcakes animations or the .MOV series?  Is it because those are original animations with more original content but FiW had actual footage from the show?  That could be the reason but I still don't see how FiW was an infringement of copyright.  And the even bigger question is: why did they allow FiW to be screened at one of the brony conventions last year and then all of a sudden turn on us and take the entire series down from YouTube?

I just don't get it.  I mean I'm not hellbent on watching FiW and loving it as much as the show but I don't really see what the problem was with it existing in the first place.  I mean those kinds of fan-parodies are all over the place and I never see them getting taken down.  It's not so much the fact that FiW is gone, just the fact that Hasbro took it down.  Who knows what they might take away from us next...

There was also another DMCA takedown notice for the Equestria Girls website but that is understandable because they just recently got that term copyrighted.  Friendship is Witchcraft, however, I will never understand why that was taken down.

Understand me now, I don't hate Hasbro, I love them very much for bringing us this awesome show, (and any hate comments about them in the comments will not be tolerated) but it's sad whenever a company you trust very much goes all Viacom on you and treads on your rights like this... :no:

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:icongrandchaos9000:
GrandChaos9000 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Actually, Hasbro is the most restrictive than Viacom (such as WMG, UMG, Warner Bros. and more enemy companies then filed to bogus DMCA) But I really hate that copyright laws and I don't care about the anti-piracy alot like that. Then, I'm sticking for alternatives, open sources, Creative Commons or even Public Domain.
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NavelColt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
If it indeed wasn't Hasbro who did it, then FiW should really make their own site, as the mentally advanced series did.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is the mentally advanced series all it's own original animation?
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:iconnavelcolt:
NavelColt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
No, but it doesn't matter. Making a their own site means they don't have to deal with Youtube regularly combing for content.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
true, but they could still get a C&D from Hasbro themselves.
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:iconnavelcolt:
NavelColt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Hasbro's generally lenient with content, the only cease and desist things they've sent out strictly thus far are for overly popular plush makers.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually I heard that was fake. And they have sent one out to the MLP Online crew along with the MLP Archive site which has the episodes up for torrenting, the latter being strictly criminal.
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:iconnavelcolt:
NavelColt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Still fairly lenient compared to most companies.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Especially Viacom.
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:iconfromlatviawithlove:
fromlatviawithlove Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Probably because it's footage ripped straight from the show, played in the same episodic sequence, only with voice overs, which I'm fairly certain is a violation of copyrights.
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Super-Metal-Sonic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
it a shame when good abridge series get down because of them getting flagged for copyright.

i have to be honest and admit i never really watched friendship is witchcraft, but i did see a few episodes and thought they were good, so it sad to hear they're gone
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:iconblazeheartpanther:
BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmmm, talk about being Bipolar :iconhasbroplz:
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you read my edit?
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:iconblazeheartpanther:
BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
oh right, I forgot all about the first part when I was reading it. but it should be known who took it off youtube. it says that when you try to watch a Care Bears video taken down cause Lionsgate forbid it (Im sure you know, Im a huge care bear fan)
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:icongodsgirlrachel:
GodsGirlRachel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the many reasons I flippin' HATE YouTube. >^< I didn't even get to watch all of them! :crying: I am SO SAD now! I was GOING to watch them! D':> I saw ONE...ONE! And it was REALLY funny and good! x'c May they come back one day. :'c
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:iconsonicthehedgehogpl:
SonictheHedgehogPL Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Writer
I love when people panic.

Seriously, your copyright law should like the one in Poland. It's almost non-existant.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish it were and btw, I'm not panicking, I'm just a tad worried.
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:iconsonicthehedgehogpl:
SonictheHedgehogPL Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Writer
I wasn't actually meaning you, but all those people who write hatemail to Hasbro, claiming its their fault.
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:iconcacopony:
cacopony Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why? because hasbro.
that's why
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:iconinfinitoa:
Infinitoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good thing I have the episodes saved on my hard drive :)
And Hasbro can't be held responsible here. They must enforce their copyright, otherwise they will lose it. We should be glad they don't do much more in terms of Takedown requests.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, plus it might have been an automatic thing on YouTube...
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:iconwesdaaman:
Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I do not know a thing about this Friendship is Witchcraft. But I don't mind it being taken down. I'm not really a parody-lover
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:iconwilliamcll:
williamcll Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Speaking of Parodies, have you seen the mentally abridged edition?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no and I don't really care to
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:icondrake2010:
Drake2010 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If it was Hasbro that took the episodes down, then I can understand why they did so. Had they not done anything, they would have risked losing the rights to MLP.

It still sucks to see this series get taken down. It was quite good. And technically, one of the Cupcakes animations was made by someone who actually worked on the show. Or really, that animation and the MOV series are actual parodies of the show, while the FiW series used bits and pieces from the real show.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the people who worked on the show MADE the Cupcakes animation?!?! O____O
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:icondrake2010:
Drake2010 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. It's what I heard. When I saw the video, it was in the author's comments.

Or it was on DA. I can't find it anywhere. The funny thing is, he had never read the fanfic
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Has it been confirmed officially though?!
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:icondrake2010:
Drake2010 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As I said, I can't find the original on DA anywhere. The Youtube vid does have some legal sayings in the comments, and he did say that he worked for the show in a Q and A.
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JAWSify Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FiW was amazing whilst it lasted, I loved it to pieces. Everything about it was fantastic and I was among many who eagerly anticipated the next episode... oh well, hopefully this gets resolved soon
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I don't believe When i saw SherclopPones's twitter He tried contract Hasbro is approve then remove SHerclopPones's "Friendship is Witchcraft" for youtube.com I don't get reason new copyright.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's a she
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have a lot of respect for Hasbro, and think they can do so as they wish, but there definitely needs to be copyright reform. It’s a shame that the Republican Study Committee Intellectual Property Brief got ousted by none other than the RIAA and MPAA. :(
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what happened now?
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Potentially good copyright legislation got blocked. (Because why should the government do something productive or beneficial, right?)
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dinkleberg.............or maybe I should say Obama......
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
:XD:
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:iconlordzid:
lordzid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Im not sure about the laws in the states but I do know that the WIM was protected by ''the fair use law'' and ''the satire and parody clause''.

Now the problem is someone who reported this and like you stated the automatic service on youtube took it down which is very sad.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently it's back up on YouTube right now...
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:iconlordzid:
lordzid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see the people work on this. like i said before the law protect us but we have to be respectful of the law.

Something that was bothering me is that the fact that the amount of scenes on WIM was huge and that could be a factor on bring it down... since they are only protected if they dont exaggerate how much of the show OR episode they use.

hopefully everything will become clear and they will look for a lawyer brony to help them out and make more episodes.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe...
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:iconmerlynn132:
Merlynn132 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Probably some desk jockey middle manager who doesn't get it's not a good idea to piss on your fans or some rule-nazi lawyer who's just "following the rules" or maybe one of the higher ups just felt like it and doesn't care that he's annoying the people who give him moneys. In the end,Hasbro is not a singular entity and any number of right hands don't know what their left hands are doing. At this point,I'll just be glad if they don't Beast Machines the whole thing.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot understand what the hell you are saying and I think you have the wrong comment to be honest.
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:iconmerlynn132:
Merlynn132 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I'm saying Hasbro's a big company with a lot of people and some times,people don't "read the memo" and end up doing something counter to what another person was ok with. For example,the VP in charge of PR sees a fan project like FIW and says "wow,that's awesome". So the fans think it's cool with Hasbro. But then one of Hasbro's lawyers sees FIW and says "they're using our stuff for their own gain and I'm going to put a stop to it". So he sends a Cease and Desist or tattles to YouTube. All cause 2 people in the same company had 2 different reactions to the same thing. Get it?
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ClockworkSprocket Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Is SherclopPones making ANY kind of money off of FiW?

Because if they are (and maybe even if they aren't), Hasbro needs to defend their Trademark, or they risk losing it.
That's what happened to Bill Waterson and 'Calvin and Hobbes'. Fans and other groups started using his work, making their own content with the characters, and eventually, since Waterson didn't act on that, Waterson lost his Trademark on the comic.

So, as much as Hasbro wants to support fan-content (they've made it quite clear that they want to support us as much as they can), there will come a time where they have to drop the hammer in order to avoid losing that Trademark.

Because let's face it: Who is making more MLP content these days? Hasbro, or Bronies?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no.

Woah, that really happened?!

Well that is true but Hasbro might not even know about it, it could have been an automatic thing on YouTube.

Well Bronies are doing more kinda but they aren't making money off their fan animations. Some might be selling customs and stuff but not making an entire movie that they are going to make money off of.
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:iconclockworksprocket:
ClockworkSprocket Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
True enough about the content creation...

Again, though, it all comes back to "defend your trademark or lose it."
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areyesram Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Because... lawyers?
Beats me...
Anywhoof, they say in their tumblr everything is back to normal. At least I can still see it (I'm in Mexico).
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, they did?!
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