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Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube

May 26, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Jonathan Scott

 

From the Guardian:

 

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YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary, Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer.

The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used.

In response, the filmmakers denied violating fair usage rules and accused their critics of politically motivated censorship.

Smith filed the complaint to YouTube on 23 May after discovering Planet of the Humans used several seconds of footage from his Rare Earthenware project detailing the journey of rare earth minerals from Inner Mongolia.

Smith, who has previously worked on energy and environmental issues, said he did not want his work associated with something he disagreed with. “I went directly to YouTube rather than approaching the filmmakers because I wasn’t interested in negotiation. I don’t support the documentary, I don’t agree with its message and I don’t like the misleading use of facts in its narrative.”

Planet of the Humans director Jeff Gibbs said he was working with YouTube to resolve the issue and have the film back up as soon as possible.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/michael-moore-film-planet-of-the-humans-removed-from-youtube/ar-BB14zOSN

 

Regardless of the so-called copyright issues, this is clearly a politically motivated attempt to censor the film, as Toby Smith himself admits.

22 Comments
  1. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    May 26, 2020 9:12 am

    Deplatformed. Here we go with the leftard/ globalist playbook.

  2. May 26, 2020 9:16 am

    Hopefully they will over reach on this

  3. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 26, 2020 9:46 am

    Strange – and I just checked – but Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth is still up on Youtube even though the (CGI) shots of calving glaciers were lifted from the film, The Day After Tomorrow.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/noel-sheppard/2008/04/22/gore-used-fictional-video-illustrate-inconvenient-truth

  4. May 26, 2020 9:56 am

    “YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary, Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer.”

    Not to worry. Here is a transcript of the video. No photographs and no copyright infringement.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/04/26/climate-action-business-model-part-2/

  5. David permalink
    May 26, 2020 10:14 am

    Youtube also appears to have removed some of the items suggesting that the moon landings never happened.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      May 26, 2020 9:29 pm

      No objections to that.

  6. Robert Jones permalink
    May 26, 2020 10:15 am

    It’s pretty rich of Dr Michael Mann (inventor of the ‘Hockey Stick’) to talk about the film as a ‘grave disservice to us and the Planet with distortions, half-truths and lies’ when he kicked off the global warming schtick with disputable science in the first place!’

    • tom0mason permalink
      May 28, 2020 7:25 am

      Well Robert Jones,
      M. Mann is an expert in “‘grave disservice to us and the Planet with distortions, half-truths and lies’ ” so he should know how it all works.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 26, 2020 11:24 am

    Gasland is still up with its highly significant deception!

    I’m no expert but I think the take down is political/premature, the use would surely constitute ‘fair dealing’ or de minimis (if that can be applied to copyright)?

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exceptions-to-copyright

  8. charles wardrop permalink
    May 26, 2020 11:59 am

    A more-blatant attack on free communications does not exist outside nations with totalitarian regimes.

  9. May 26, 2020 12:04 pm

    I this an example of eating your own? Also the modern iteration of “book burning”?

    Apparently, not even Michael Moore can get away with dipping his toe into reality. We can hope this opportunity allows him to see the light by feeling the heat.

  10. johnbillscott permalink
    May 26, 2020 12:30 pm

    So take out the offending seconds and splice some filler, a little note for instance. You tube acting a gateway to free expression is a bad omen.

  11. John Palmer permalink
    May 26, 2020 12:30 pm

    Mr Smith’s comment ” I don’t like the misleading use of facts in its narrative.” just about sums up the Greenblob take on things. Never let inconvenient things like facts get in the way of your chosen narrative!
    And as for YouTube…..

  12. Michiel de Pooter permalink
    May 26, 2020 1:13 pm

    I think the movie had about 8 million viewers. That is not going to be much more. What does it matter ?

  13. bobn permalink
    May 26, 2020 2:14 pm

    Is it up on Spotify or another uncensored channel? Available on CD from amazon? Direct from producers? Its gone from a might watch to a must watch if the elitists have censored it!

  14. May 26, 2020 4:32 pm

    Censorship, propaganda, attacks on freedom. Hallmarks of totalitarianism.

  15. Jackington permalink
    May 26, 2020 8:47 pm

    Honour among theives my arse.

  16. JCalvertN permalink
    June 5, 2020 3:41 am

    The bit that left me gobsmacked was this:
    NARRATOR: Meet David Blood, former CEO of asset management for Goldman Sachs. How much money did Mr Blood believe should be invested in Green Energy?
    (Video clip. David Blood in TV studio)
    DAVID BLOOD: “A natural alignment for something in the order of $40 to $50 trillion of capital.”
    NARRATOR: $40 to $50 trillion. And who was going to help the man from Goldman Sachs to raise that astronomical amount of money?
    TALKSHOW HOST: (Introducing) “A gentleman some of you might recognise and know – Mr. Bill McKibben”
    BILL MCKIBBEN: “It’s entirely dependent on what kind of political will [that] we can muster and if we do not get this done very fast, then we’re not going to get it done.”

    Perspective: That’s 50 trillion with a “T”. (The 2nd Iraq war and ensuing occupation ‘only’ cost 3 trillion.)
    That sort of money could turn a lot of millionaires into billionaires – and maybe even the world’s first trillionaires!

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