Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pastor Hagee Questionable Removal of Videos From YouTube By Him or About Him

according to Max Blumenthal in an article at Huffinton post Pastor Hagee it appears managed to get a numer of videos by him or by others concerning him removed from YouTube. His excuse was for copyrite reasons but many of the videos in question were not guilty of copyrite infringement. It appears he wanted to remove any video which might show a less than good image of him that is any that criticize or show Pastor Hagee or his church in a negative light. This would therefore contravene the limits of copyrite and those of 'fair use ' rights.

Max Blumenthal in his article Pastor Hagees Desperate News Suppression Campaign Backfires
at Huffington Post July 9, 2008 writes

During the week of July 1, lawyers representing far-right Pastor John Hagee demanded that YouTube remove scores of videos supposedly infringing on the copyright of John Hagee Ministries. YouTube acceded to Hagee's attorneys without even a cursory review of their claims. As the Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported, the maneuver resulted in the immediate disappearance of over 120 videos from YouTube -- almost all of which depicted the preacher in a negative light.
Among the videos removed by YouTube was my mini-documentary, "Rapture Ready: The Christians United For Israel Tour." Considering that my piece contained no copyrighted material whatsoever, it became apparent to me that Hagee's minions were guided by ulterior political motives. Instead of guarding their copyrights, they sought to stifle legitimate reporting on Hagee's far-out End Times ideology.

Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour by Max Blumenthal

And From Democracy Now! on Pastor John Hagee
Christian Zionism Unconditional Support for Israel

March 09, 2008
McCain Embraces Endorsement from Anti-Catholic, Anti-Gay, Anti-Muslim Televangelist John Hagee
Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain has openly embraced the endorsement of controversial televangelist John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel and the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Hagee has come under criticism for his views on homosexuality, Islam, the Catholic Church and even the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We speak with Sarah Posner, author of God's Profits: Faith Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.

and so it goes,

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