Tuesday, April 21, 2009

David Lynch Foundation Forces Video Off YouTube?

Got this in my email a couple days ago. (Still way behind on email.) It looks as if the DLF is somewhat more aggressive about trying to force critics off the Internet than the TM Org was under the Maharishi.
Hi John!

I found your recent open letter to Bill Goldstein on the TM-Free Blog while googling him - two days ago he made YouTube take down my video of the Foundations highly embarrasing seminar in Berlin 2007, where the german TM "Raja" came off sounding like they were proposing a new Third Reich... Thought you might find it find it interesting, and the video made it back online again, still highly amusing:


Here's the letter from Bill Goldstein, who represents himself as General Counsel for DLF:
Dear Ms. Gillette:

I am General Counsel for the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness Based Education and World Peace (“Foundation”) which hosted a private conference in Germany. The Foundation holds the exclusive rights in the United States and globally to all reproduction and exploitation of video of the conference :

As provided under Section 512(c)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 USC §512(c)(3), I place you on notice that:

(1) The Foundation is the exclusive owner of the copyrights in and to the Conference and all reproductions thereof (the “Copyrighted Work”); and

(2) The following (“the Infringing Material”) contain unauthorized copies or derivative works of the Copyrighted Works which infringe the exclusive rights of the Owner:





Please remove or disable all access to the Infringing Material and any other subsequent copies or derivative works of the copyrighted material presented on Youtube.

I have a good faith belief that the use of the Infringing Material is not authorized by the Owner, its agents or the law. The information in this notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am authorized to act on behalf of the Owner.

Should you have any further questions regarding this matter, please contact me.

Very truly,

William Goldstein

General Counsel
David Lynch Foundation for
Consciousness Based Education and World Peace

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