A favorite video from our readers and friends has been the “Bad Romance” video, a parody of Lady Gaga, with the content shifted to the first wave of the women’s rights movement. The video caused a sensation and then it disappeared from the internet because of a use issue. The video is back on line, but with an ad inserted from YouTube. Take a look and then we’ll bring you up to date on next steps. The creator, Soomos Learning, asks for your support.
HERE IS THE APPEAL from the video creator, Soomo Learning:
Sony/ATV has taken down our educational parody video Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage because we would not allow them to monetize it with an advertisement. As part of their copyright claims process, YouTube recently allowed Sony to place an ad on our video, and in an effort to defend the video and remove the ad, we’ve repeatedly appealed this claim on the basis of fair use provisions for parody works.
The parody video, with over three million views and an Emmy win in 2012 for Best Instructional Content, receives fan mail weekly and has inspired thousands of students to learn about how women got the vote. Since its release in 2012, Soomo has made the video available on YouTube for free, without ads, in hopes that teachers across America could engage students with the story of the women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th amendment. Help amplify our voice so that Sony/ATV sees the value in preserving this educational resource.
If you think this video should remain in place and ad-free, tweet @SonyATVMusicPub and let them know why you think they should #SaveBadRomance.
HERE IS THE VIDEO FROM SUFFRAGE WAGON NEWS CHANNEL, OUR SISTER WEB SITE, that has been tracking this video since its creation in 2012: