Today I received a message from Ray and Kirk’s organisation.
Thanks for your kind salutation and wishes. I reciprocate them.
Which video are you referring to? I made one called “Ray Comfort Meets the Evangelist’s Nightmare” back in 2008, but only used still images from the infamous “banana” clip, and used audio from a different source. (I seem to recall sitting through about 90 minutes of Ray’s preaching before he finally and predictably got to the “Ever told a lie?” bit! Talk about suffering for one’s art!)
I understand that your material is copyright protected, but I’m sure you’re equally aware of the fair-use clauses of copyright laws that allow for commentary and critique.
If it is indeed that 2008 video that you’re talking about, then I would simply say that I’d have a strong case that any usage of your copyrighted material is covered under such a clause. Especially given that I take Ray’s exact words, and use THEM back at Ray to prove to him that the argument that he is constructing is so weak, illogical, and unconvincing, that even he himself would never accept it if it were coming at him from another religion. (Have you ever worn silk? or gold? Why aren’t you worried about being cursed by the Islam god? Think about it!)
Indeed, if I didn’t have audio of Ray himself saying the exact kinds of things that I then later say back to him in the video, people would surely accuse me of straw-manning, for lampooning such a stupid argument without citing it exactly!
The use of the audio of Ray’s voice is certainly a vital and justified element of my satirical video comment on one of Ray’s favorite rhetorical devices (“Ever told a lie?”), and I can’t see any objective body of arbitration finding against me if it were to come before them.
So, with respect, if it is indeed the “Ray Comfort Meets the Evangelist’s Nightmare” video that you’re referring to, I’d have to say that I won’t be taking it down voluntarily, as I’m sure I have used whatever material of yours I’ve used well and truly within the scope of any and all applicable laws. Test it out if you can be bothered, though, by all means.
If Ray doesn’t want his recorded statements to be critiqued, satirised, or picked apart, then he oughtn’t say such ridiculously silly things.
PS. Thanks for the link you sent, suggesting that I might appreciate it. I didn’t check it out, but then you’re similarly unlikely to check out the video I’m sending you hereunder. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I assume that you probably believe in the literal truth of the Noah’s Ark account in Genesis, and in case it’s news to you, this vid will demonstrate that it is nothing more than an absurd magical fairy-tale that only the most gullible would believe. I present unto you, “Noah’s Ark”.
So, if any of you are friends with Ray or Kirk, pass this along, would you?