On Friday, Evangelical Dark Web continued it’s coverage of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on Friday making note of diddler infested group’s vow to scrub their own video from the internet. On Saturday night, SFGMC manually filed a DMCA takedown request to YouTube on Evangelical Dark Web’s initial video responding to their viral video.
It’s important to note that Evangelical Dark Web did a standard reaction video, as opposed to a reupload of their privatized video. This video was the second most watch video of all time on the channel. YouTube did not flag the video for copyright as they normally would. SFGMC had their social media team file the claim, and YouTube complied. The result was a hard strike against the channel.
The theme of Evangelical Dark Web for 2021 is No Retreat. In keeping with the theme, we filed a counter-notification to YouTube to restore our popular video that exposes that wickedness of SFGMC. The counter notification reads:
The following video, “San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Cringe” was wrongfully applied a copyright strike when the video clearly falls under fair use, as it is a standard reaction video. The video begins with an introduction to the channel, an introduction to the topic which is the claimant’s video. A portion of the claimant’s video is then played to show the viewer what I am reacting to. The rest of the video is commenting on the claimant’s work. This falls under fair use because the video is transformative in nature, as it is responding to, critiquing an, and journalistically covering the story of and behind the claimant’s video. No more of claimant’s video is shown than necessary. Enough of claimant’s video is shown so that the viewer can hear their lyrics in context, and so that channel’s commentary may be more precise. Up to 25% of claimant’s video is obstructed from view as well. Significant portions of claimant’s video are left out. This channel’s video does not complete with the claimant’s original work as channel’s video is in reaction to and in reporting on claimant’s work. Channel’s video in coverage of claimant’s work is a standard reaction video reporting on a story of interest to audience and subscribers. Claimant does not have the right to suppress reporting on their content that they do not approve of, in violation of fair use doctrine. Therefore, channel insists that claimant retract their copyright claim. Channel is willing to testify in federal court under threat of perjury that channel’s video was consistent with fair use doctrine
The ball is in SFGMC’s court. They have 10 business days to file an injunction to have the video removed in federal court and show YouTube proof of court filings. Failure on their part to do so will result in the video being reinstated.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus picked a fight they legally cannot win as a means to suppress exposer that Evangelical Dark Web and others provided on their work and personnel. Evangelical Dark Web is not intimidated by their attempt to suppress Christian content, and will not retreat from this fight.