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Old 04-22-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default Death of a meme: No more Hitler war-room parodies

http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/19/hit...rody-takedown/

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For my money, memes on the Internet don’t get any better than the Hitler one. You know, the one in which you take some current event (the more mundane, the better) and shove it into the scene from the German film Downfall in which Hitler is told in his bunker that he cannot win the war. The key to these (assuming you don’t speak German, of course) is to replace the actual subtitles with ones of your choosing about a different topic. Facebook/FriendFeed, Twitter, MySpace — all solid gold stuff. In fact, just this past January, while reviewing the iPad version, Erick called it “the meme that will never die.” But sadly, it looks like it may in fact die, at the hands of the studio behind it.

Earlier today, someone attempted to upload a new version surrounding the massive iPhone 4G (or iPhone HD, whatever) news. Unfortunately, as you can see on YouTube, that video has already been removed with the message, “This video contains content from Constantin Film, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.“

Constantin Film is the German film production and distribution company behind the film Downfall (Der Untergang in German). The uploader of one of the Hilter parodies notes in the comments of his video that, “Constatin Films has filed a copyright infringement claim against this video, right before it was about to reach 500,000 views! Even though it falls under Fair Use, I suspect this video will be taken down soon. Sad face.“

Sure enough, many of the other Hitler meme parodies have started disappearing as well (Hitler on Xbox Live, for example). But as of right now, there are so many out there that are subtly different enough that plenty are still up. Still, you can probably expect YouTube’s smart content system to hunt down and find all of these clips sooner rather than later. Now may be the time to appeal to Constatin Film. Downfall is a great movie, but it’s also in German which sadly means that many people outside that country will never watch it. But I’d bet these clips have sparked an interest in the film beyond what any type of traditional marketing could have done.

Mostly, I just really want to see Hitler’s reaction to the stolen iPhone 4G. Also, someone really needs to make a video about Hilter being upset that Constantin Film is DCMAing Hitler parodies.

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Old 04-22-2010, 09:05 AM   #2
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Anyone here who has not seen a Hitler War Room parody, I want you to leave the room now...
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:10 AM   #3
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I absolutely love this film and I have a couple friends that rented the film after seeing this meme. They would have never cared to see it if it weren't for the meme. If you haven't seen the real film get it quickly. It is AWESOME!
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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I absolutely love this film and I have a couple friends that rented the film after seeing this meme. They would have never cared to see it if it weren't for the meme. If you haven't seen the real film get it quickly. It is AWESOME!
Ditto that. I watched the movie because I had seen all those videos and wondered what the movie was about on the whole. It's a good movie, although the end is rather sad (not that the Nazis died... that they took all the innocent children, pets, etc with them).

It helps to at least be able to understand a bit of German while watching the film because it is long... and it's all subtitled... and eventually reading gets tiring
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:31 AM   #6
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OT is slipping....
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:16 PM   #8
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Nice and short too.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:22 PM   #9
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:23 PM   #10
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firing up youtube downloader and grabbing the "hitler learns michael jackson died" movie before its gone :|
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:26 PM   #11
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I'm glad that meme is dying. It was overdone wayyyy too many times.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:29 PM   #12
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Nice and short too.
Holy ****.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #13
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I think it's a bad move ... the only reason I watched Downfall is because the parodies got me interested in it (excellent movie BTW)

What does it hurt to have these up? Makes no sense
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #14
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Oh, man, I never realized Hitler was so funny!
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:36 PM   #15
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:36 PM   #16
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Nice and short too.
Ok, THAT is ****ing funny.
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:01 PM   #17
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I've only watched a couple of those vids. The only one I have viewed completely, and have viewed numerous times because I found ab-solutely Hi-larious, was the one about the Bushmaster ACR. That was 100% pure, Grade-A Prime gold.
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:07 PM   #18
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I've only watched a couple of those vids. The only one I have viewed completely, and have viewed numerous times because I found ab-solutely Hi-larious, was the one about the Bushmaster ACR. That was 100% pure, Grade-A Prime gold.
The one I liked best (besides the Geico commercial one I posted above, of course) was the Skyline busted tranny not covered under warranty one.
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:14 PM   #19
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Wasn't there one where Hitler finds out Ken Block is going to Ford?
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That's probably the best one.
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I've only watched a couple of those vids. The only one I have viewed completely, and have viewed numerous times because I found ab-solutely Hi-larious, was the one about the Bushmaster ACR. That was 100% pure, Grade-A Prime gold.
...and it's gone.
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:56 PM   #23
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Rule 34.1. If something exists, there will be a Hitler Downfall video made of it.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:02 PM   #24
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Wasn't there one where Hitler finds out Ken Block is going to Ford?
http://www.youtube.com/videos?ytsess...9OWXJAaEeAV7yA

This video contains content from Constantin Film, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.

http://en.kendincos.net/video-pdvjjt...g-to-ford.html
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:20 PM   #25
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overdone meme is overdone

it was funny the first 3 times
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