Video Caught in Copyright Claim

Silicon Valley parody video taken down after photog complains
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 1:18 AM CST

(Newser) – A parody video about the return of an Internet bubble by Bay Area group Richter Scales has been taken down from YouTube for copyright reasons, after a photographer complained about one of her images being used, Wired reports. The group claimed that it since it was satire, it was fair use, but Lane Hartwell said she was sick of her images being stolen.

Bloggers were quick to slam call Hartwell a "party pooper" after the video, which included new lyrics sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire," was taken down. She has now hired a copyright lawyer to represent her over the flap. "You can't steal people's work," her lawyer said. YouTube declined to comment on the specific case but said they took copyright issues very seriously.